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Albemarle-Sabic JV starts up aluminum alkyls plant in Saudi Arabia

10:50 PM MDT | July 8, 2013 | Deepti Ramesh

Albemarle says that Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC), a 50-50 joint venture between Albemarle and Sabic, has started up the previously announced aluminum alkyls facility at Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia. At capacity, it will manufacture 6,000 m.t./year of tri ethyl aluminum (TEA), a co-catalyst used in the plastics industry.  An ultra-low hydride grade of TEA (TEA-ULH) will also be produced at the SOCC plant, Albemarle says. Full commercial production at the plant is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2013 once customer qualifications are...

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