Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Move North Gives Chemical Firm Long-Term Security

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Move North Gives Chemical Firm Long-Term Security

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Koppers lambson is building a brighter future in the heart of Teesside. The company was formed 18 months ago after a deal was struck by Koppers UK to buy Yorkshire-based Lambson Speciality Chemicals.

The buy-out saw new facilities and staff transfer to Teesside.

And now an expanding range of services is being offered by the Port Clarence-based team, which employs around 75 people.

The new business has two distinct, yet complementary, segments ( the processing of spent or waste acids and alkalis, and the trading of bulk chemical products.

Following the deal, key equipment was moved 70 miles north from Castleford to the Koppers's Port Clarence 90-acre, top-tier COMAH site.

This challenge was completed in April 2006 when the final process, glycerol recovery, became fully operational.

The new facilities at Port Clarence include a plant producing liquid ammonium sulphate, which uses spent, or waste, ammonia and sulphuric acid and has a capacity of over 100,000 tonnes per annum.

Andrew Wieloch, business manager with Koppers Lambson, said "We aim to achieve long-term partnerships with our customers, providing 'cradle-to-grave' facilities."

"Essentially, we provide our clients with the chemicals they need and then handle spent materials at the back end of the process and this provides the best environmental and economic option for them."

Linked to the ammonium sulphate plant is an acid dilution facility, capable of creating 60,000 tonnes of acid a year.

The unit uses sulphuric acid from a number of UK sources who work exclusively with Koppers Lambson.

The company's final new plant is a 15,000-tonne per year glycerine recovery unit, where crude glycerol produced as a byproduct from soap manufacture and other industries is distilled using a thin film evaporator to provide a clean, food-grade product.

This unit has a potential link to biodiesel, an up-and-coming alternative fuel which is becoming a fast-growing industry on Teesside and which creates a significant volume of waste glycerol in its manufacture. …

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