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W.R. Grace to exit silica sol FCC catalyst production with closure of Lake Charles plant

8:46 AM MDT | July 27, 2013 | Natasha Alperowicz

W. R. Grace plans to close its 35,000 m.t./year silica sol based fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst manufacturing operation at Lake Charles, LA during the third quarter of this year, the company said on Friday. Grace will exit the business with the closure of the plant after 3 decades of production. The company introduced silica sol catalysts in the late 1970s and since that time it has introduced a number of new and improved catalyst technology platforms customized to support the varying needs of its refining industry customers.   “We believe...

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