Integrated energy and petro- chemicals giant Sasol announced in May that it had expanded the production cap- acity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, to 4 000 t/y.
The group, through its Performance Chemicals Inorganics & Catalyst division, produces high-purity and ultrahigh-purity alumina, used in a range of catalytic and noncatalytic applications.
“The expansion marks another step in the company’s strengthening its position in the alumina market to meet growing market demand for alumina-based shaped carrier materials for industrial catalytic and noncatalytic applications,” the company notes.
Owing to their physical and chemical properties, the shaped carriers produced by Sasol’s Performance Chemicals Inorganics & Catalyst division are sought after in fast-growing markets, such as the refinery catalyst market.
Sasol can meet its customers’ increasing demands, owing to its ability to control the physical and chemical properties of its pro-ducts, the company explains.
“This includes tailoring the porosity of its spheres and producing spheres doped with various elements at the request of the customer,” the company says.
A key strength is that it can tailor-make near-perfect spherical alumina spheres with a narrow size distribution and low attrition, which serves as effective carriers for various industrial applications.
“Demand for our shaped carrier materials has grown significantly, owing to Sasol Performance Chemicals’ ability to deliver innovative and tailored solutions in close collaboration with its customers,” says Sasol Performance Chemicals Inorganics & Catalyst VP Dr Klaus Diblitz.
“This move to debottleneck capacity shows we are determined to keep pace with this growing demand worldwide and with our customers’ specific product requirements,” he concludes.