CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH – Emerald Kalama Chemical, a business unit of Emerald Performance Materials, celebrated the grand opening of its new K-FLEX®operation in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The grand opening ceremony, which attracted nearly 100 customers, suppliers and employees, included a luncheon program, formal ribbon cutting and tour of the new facility. This is the company’s first major investment in expanding the range of products at Rotterdam since acquiring the facility from DSM in 2010. pci1212-CN-Emerald-300.jpg

The K-FLEX products, which had been REACH pre-approved, received full REACH registration in August. The company has been manufacturing the K-FLEX product line at its Kalama, Washington, facility for more than 40 years and recently celebrated the grand opening of it global technical center at that site in August.

According to Golnar Motahari Pour, K-FLEX Product Line Manager for EMEA, market demand for more environmentally friendly, high-performance alternatives to phthalate-based plasticizers and traditional high-VOC coalescents has been growing.