VANCOUVER, WA — Emerald Kalama Chemical, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, announced global price increases for various K-FLEX® Plasticizers, Purox® Benzoates and Kalama® benzoates and benzaldehyde products. The increases are a result of a combination of factors including escalating raw material and transportation costs and changing supply and demand balances driven by plant slowdowns and shutdowns in China and India.

The price increases will be effective June 1, 2018, or as contracts allow. K-FLEX plasticizers and coalescents will increase up to $150/mT or €150/mT, dependent on grade and region. Kalama sodium benzoate, Purox S sodium benzoate, Kalama potassium benzoate, Purox B benzoic acid, Kalama benzyl alcohol, and Kalama benzaldehyde will increase up to $120/mT or €120/mT, dependent on grade.

Customers should contact their local account manager for further details.

Emerald Kalama Chemical is a leading global producer of benzoic acid, benzaldehyde and related chemistries, as well as a key producer of antioxidants and accelerators.