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Ashland expands China HEC

2:51 PM MDT | August 18, 2014

Ashland says that it will expand capacity at its hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) production facility at Nanjing, China, by 4,000 m.t./year—about 40%—over the next 18 months. The additional capacity will come online in two phases. The first 2,000 m.t. will be available in early 2015 to support the spring paint season, and the second 2,000 m.t. will be available in late 2015, Ashland says. HEC is used as an additive in industrial and consumer products, including latex paints, paper coatings, and personal-care items, Ashland...

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