NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ingevity Corporation (NYSE: NGVT) today announced that it will build a new activated carbon extrusion plant in Changshu, China, to meet growing global demand for pelletized carbon products primarily for use in gasoline vapor emission control systems in cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats.
“This state-of-the-art extrusion facility is a key element of the strategy and capital investment plan for our Performance Materials segment,” said Michael Wilson, Ingevity’s president and CEO. “The Changshu facility will leverage our current capacity for activated carbon in time to meet greater demand in the automotive industry. By converting our powdered carbon into pellet form, we can increase volumes serving the higher value, automotive industry. The organic growth opportunity in our Performance Materials segment’s automotive applications continues to be the company’s top investment priority.”
The new facility will be located in Changshu city within the Jiangsu province. It is expected to be operational by the fall of 2018 and will employ about 80 people. The plant represents an investment of approximately $20 million, the majority of which will be incurred in 2018. Initially, it will feature one extrusion line that produces pelletized activated carbon products. The new plant will complement the existing extrusion facility in Wuijang, China, and activated carbon plants in Zhuhai, China, Wickliffe, Ky., and Covington, Va., as well as the “honeycomb” scrubber joint venture plant in Waynesboro, Ga. The facility will be able to accommodate an additional extrusion line as demand continues to grow.
“With the introduction of newer, more stringent regulations for automotive gasoline vapor emissions control in both China and Europe, we are anticipating a substantial increase in global demand for our automotive activated carbon products,” said Ed Woodcock, executive vice president and president, Performance Materials. He said that Ingevity has produced and sold activated carbon for more than a century, including over 30 years in the automotive market. With over 750 million units installed globally, the company is the global leader in the automotive gasoline vapor emission control application.
Ingevity: Purify, Protect and Enhance
Ingevity (NYSE: NGVT) provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, printing inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Through a team of talented and experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Headquartered in North Charleston, S.C., Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,500 people. For more information, visit www.ingevity.com.