ATLANTA – Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corp., has increased capacity at its precipitated alumina trihydrate (ATH) plant in Bauxite, AR, by 30%.

“Huber has a long-term, multi-stage plan to incrementally increase capacity at Bauxite driven by customer demand and new product sales,” said Mike Wilson, Director of Operations for Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business. “Our plan requires a relatively low capital cost compared to Greenfield expansions due to the configuration of the facility. The size and infrastructure of the operation in place at the time of our acquisition in 2012 is the key component of successfully implementing the multi-stage approach.”

The continuous investments at Bauxite will effectively position Huber to continue supporting its customers’ growth strategies with the manufacture of a broad range of precipitated ATH products. “Phase two of the expansion at Bauxite is already in motion and targeted for completion in 2015,” said Don Mills, Global Sales Director for Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business.