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Sasol Expands Ultra-high Purity Aluminas Capacity

Construction will begin at Brunsbüttel, the company’s Germany manufacturing site on a process to supply Sasol North America’s Ceralox® alumina production facility in Tucson, Arizona with ultra-high purity alumina precursor. Sasol Olefins & Surfactants, a recognized leader in ultra-high purity alumina materials for sapphire and other applications for more than 20 years, will then convert the Brunsbüttel alumina precursor into tailored products for customer specific applications. Of particular focus to Sasol are the increasing raw material requirements of single crystal sapphire producers due to rapidly growing LED applications. Sasol’s new UHPA product platform will include an expanded portfolio of calcined ultrahigh purity aluminas with tailored particle sizes, densities, and chemistries to meet the product demands of all major sapphire growing technologies. New ultra-high purity calcined aluminas for structural ceramics, lighting, and new emerging battery applications will also be produced using the new ultra-high purity alumina feedstock from the Brunsbüttel facility. Project completion is estimated for the third quarter of 2013 (5/2012).

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