Huntsman recently announced the completion of its new €38 million (~ $52 million) iron sulfate plant at its titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment manufacturing facility in Scarlino, Huntsman Completes Italian TiO2 PlantItaly. The new plant reportedly allows Huntsman to use a wider range of feedstock to produce its TIOXIDE® and ALTIRIS® pigments; reduce the generation of gypsum (a co-product); and convert spent acid from TiO2 pigment manufacturing into valuable iron sulfate products for the water treatment, animal feed, and cement markets.

“The new plant will help to transform our efficiency, sustainability and cost effectiveness,” said Scott Anderson, vice president for eco products and manufacturing and technology. “It will help make the whole site more competitive and sustainable.”

Construction work began in March. The commissioning phase will last 2-3 months, and the plant is intended to be fully operational in the third quarter.

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