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  1. Harcros Chemicals A Brief Overview of the Organics Division May 5th, 2008

  2. Harcros Organics Producer of Specialty Surfactants • Alkoxylates, Phosphate Esters, Functional Monomers, Ether Sulfates, Emulsifiers, Emulsifier Blends, Calcium & Amine Sulfonates, Antifoams, and Custom Products • Brand names are T-Mulz, T-Det, T-Surf, T-Tergamide, Foamer and Emulzymer • 2 alkoxylation reactors - 8,500 and 4,000 gal. • Nameplate capacity is 65 MM pounds/year

  3. Harcros Organics – Facts and Figures • Located in Kansas City, Kansas • On the same site as Headquarters • Contribute approximately 10-12% of total corporate revenues • Produce 40 MM lbs of product annually • 24 hour operation (5+ basis) • 53 employees • Access to a diverse sales force. • 100+ members – a key advantage

  4. Kansas City – Facts and Figures • Located in the Midwest. • 2 MM people in the greater metropolitan area. • Missouri and Kaw rivers flow through the city. • renowned for beef and barbeque style • Agriculture is a significant industry. • State crop is wheat. • Climate: • Annual rain total – 40 in, • Annual snow total – 20 in. • At the top of “tornado alley”

  5. Core competencies include: • Ethoxylation • Propoxylation • Phosphorylation • Sulfation (with sulfamic acid) • Antifoam Formulation • Custom Blending • Agricultural, T-Mulz blends

  6. Agricultural Adjuvants and Inerts Latex emulsion Polymerization Industrial and Institutional “Oil Patch” (oil and gas recovery) Building Materials Radiation Curable Films Water Treatment Epoxies Paint and Coatings De-inking (paper recycling) Industries That We Service

  7. Facilities: • Ethylene oxide plant (EO) • Liquid Blending Unit (LBU) • Formulation Plant • Pilot Plant • Acid Plant – Strictly packaging

  8. Ethylene Oxide Plant • Conduct both ethoxylation and propoxylation • Emerson Delta V control system. • Also prepare calcium and amine sulfonates, ether sulfates and phosphate esters.

  9. Liquid Blending Unit • Produce custom and T-Mulz blends • Package containers and tank trucks. • Manufacture ether sulfates and phosphate esters

  10. Formulation Plant • Produce silicone and non-silicone antifoams • Also produce, small quantity, value added products. • White room packaging

  11. Technical Resources • Research and Development: • Two Ph.D. Chemists (surfactant focused). • Three B.S. chemists. • One process engineer. • Over one hundred combined years of surfactant experience. • QA Lab Staffing: • Five full time, trained analysts. • Three shifts operating. • Equipment Availability: • FTIR, UV/VIS, AA, headspace GC, HPLC, Auto-tensiometer, Coulter -counter, viscometers (macro and micro), autotitrators, moisture balances.

  12. Alkyphenols: Nonylphenol Octylphenol (PTOP) Dodecylphenol Iso-alcohols Isodecyl alcohol Isotridecyl alcohol Short chain linear alcohols Fatty Alcohols C12-16 (coconut) C16-C18 Polyamines DETA/TETA aminoethylethanolamine Castor Oil Materials that we Ethoxylate or Propoxylate:

  13. Antifoams: • We produce silicone and non-silicone antifoams in separate areas of the formulation plant. • All silicone emulsion antifoams, with the exception of one, can be made as food grade products. • Activities varies from 5-30% • We sell many block polymers (Ethylene Oxide plant) as antifoams or defoamers. • Out total antifoam production volume is 8 MM pounds.

  14. Custom Blending • Most of the custom blends that we produce are directed toward the Agricultural market. • These are referred to as EC’s, or “Emulsifiable Concentrates”. • Most are “T-Mulz” products • There are two kettles in our Liquid Blending Unit (LBU) that are routinely used for making phosphate esters and ether sulfates. • Energetic agitation • Excellent heat exchange properties

  15. Phosphate Ester Products: • The strength of this product group is their alkali/electrolyte tolerance. • Our phosphate esters are based mostly on our own ethoxylates (both alkylphenol and alcohol). • Use both polyphosphoric acid (115%) and phosphorus pentoxide. • One of our products is a phosphated acrylic monomer. • T-Mulz 1228

  16. Ether Sulfates • We use sulfamic acid to prepare our ether sulfates. This sulfation method is mild, and yields products with low contaminant levels. • Current volume is 3 MM pounds/year. • Most of the volume is directed toward oil/gas recovery • We can only produce ammonium salts directly. However, with post-processing, we can produce sodium salts. • We produce one such speacialty product, Emulzymer N4SES-AQ • Typical batch sizes vary from 4,000 – 90,000 lbs,

  17. Technology Platforms • Narrow Range Ethoxylates (NRE’s). • Functional Monomers • Agricultural products • NRE ether sulfates • Fermentation Defoamers