|Ciba Specialty Chemicals produces acrylic-based flocculants and viscosity
modifiers used in mineral separation processes such as in the alumina and
gold sectors. It is located in Kwinana Western
Ciba is capable of producing 6 000 tonnes each of liquid polymers and powders. Like its nearby competitor Ondeo Nalco, its raw materials (including acrylic acid and acrylamide) are imported and it derives its advantage from the freight cost savings in supplying the products in liquid form.
In late 1995, Ciba installed a powder plant and became the only manufacturer of such powders in the southern hemisphere. It is important to note that in so doing, while entering a faster growing sector, the freight advantage enjoyed by the liquid form, is less significant for this low bulk form. It is relevant to note that Nalco no longer produces powders, including in the US, and it is unlikely to face competition from another manufacturer in Australia.
More information about acrylic acid products in Western Australia.
Ciba Specialty Chemicals
Lot 9 Leath Road
Perth Western Australia
ph: 08 9437 8888
fx: 08 9437 8822
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