31.10.2012 – Clariant, a world leader in Specialty Chemicals, announced to expand the production capacity for Houdry dehydrogenation catalysts. The expansion will be achieved by a double-digit million Swiss francs investment at its current Louisville/Kentucky, USA plant. Production is planned to start in September 2013. Surging ethylene production based on shale gas without C3- and C4-olefins byproduct has generated a significant increase in Houdry catalyst demand. The Houdry catalysts are part of the broad portfolio of Clariant’s business unit Catalysis & Energy (formerly Süd-Chemie). It is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has 16 catalyst production sites worldwide. “The first expansion investment in Louisville will further strengthen our position in the market for Houdry catalysts and allows us to cover catalyst requirements from our customers”, said Harm Scheepstra, Head of Business Unit Catalysis & Energy.