OBERHAUSEN, Germany – To keep up with growing demand and developments in the marketplace, Oxea has announced plans for significant capacity expansion of its range of specialty esters. Used to replace traditional phthalate plasticizers, Oxea’s specialty esters are currently being used in a broad variety of end uses including automotive, construction, food and medical applications.

As of the second half of 2011, the capacity of the existing ester production unit in Oberhausen, Germany, will be extended by 40 percent. In order to further boost production capacity for a range of specialty esters, Oxea is evaluating the construction of an additional production unit in Oberhausen. Subject to approval by the relevant authorities, the new unit is planned to come on stream in the second half of 2012.