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Huntsman Textile Effects Adds Specialty Synthesis Unit At Mahachai Facility

Singapore-based dye and chemical provider Huntsman Textile Effects (HTE) has added a specialty synthesis unit at its state-of-the-art reactive dye facility in Mahachai, Thailand.

The newly installed unit — which specializes in the production of HTE's reactive dyes, including those incorporating Huntsman's fluorotriazine (CF3) chemistries — expands HTE's service capabilities, particularly in key Asian markets such as India, China and Indonesia, and also will help ensure that the Mahachai facility remains important globally as a supplier reactive dyes.

"The inauguration of the Mahachai Specialty Synthesis Unit is a demonstration of our commitment to Thailand as well as our confidence in the growth of the textile industry in the Asia Pacific region," said Paul Hulme, president, HTE. "This synthesis unit is the only one in its class in terms of scale and quality of output which underpins our drive to be a leader in technological innovation in our industry."

HTE President Paul Hulme and Huntsman Corp. President and CEO Peter Huntsman with Chatree Phoob, mayor of Bangpla Municipality, and Chaiyasit Worakhamheang, head of Sumatsakorn Provincial Industrial Authority, at the inauguration ceremony of the specialty synthesis unit in Mahachai, Thailand

Huntsman has invested a total of $17.5 million over the past five years to upgrade the Mahachai facility, which, according to the company, features state-of-the-art proprietary technology that boosts production capacity and efficiency and exceeds strict global environmental and safety standards. A Formulation Distribution Center also is located at the Mahachai site.

January 29, 2013