Process improvements aimed at expanding capacity are being undertaken by Active Minerals International (AMI), the world’s largest manufacturer of gellantattapulgite used in the manufacture of sealants, adhesives and coatings. Changes to be made include alterations to process flows, the introduction of advanced manufacturing data software and equipment, and increased automation of processes.
Capacity is being expanded as a result of increased demand in the international coatings market served by AMI. The upgraded equipment will result in a higher volume of paint grade products being made available, meeting market growth resulting from the construction boom in developing markets.
AMI’s Director of Global Business Development says that Min-U-Gel® attapulgite production enjoys priority, and attributes international demand to the purity of its gelling clay. This results in product performance benefits such as improved flow and leveling, control over syneresis, no fade under repeated or prolonged shear and a reduction in floating and flooding of organic pigments.