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W.R. Grace to exit silica sol FCC catalyst production

4:54 PM MDT | August 12, 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. Grace will exit the business after 3 decades of production. The company introduced silica sol catalysts in the late 1970s. “We believe the silica sol catalyst technology has reached the end of its life cycle. Other technologies in our portfolio are meeting the demands of modern day refiners far more effectively,” says Shawn Abrams, president, Grace’s catalysts technologies segment...

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