Harcros Chemicals A Brief Overview of the Organics Division May 5th, 2008
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
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
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”
Core competencies include: • Ethoxylation • Propoxylation • Phosphorylation • Sulfation (with sulfamic acid) • Antifoam Formulation • Custom Blending • Agricultural, T-Mulz blends
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
Facilities: • Ethylene oxide plant (EO) • Liquid Blending Unit (LBU) • Formulation Plant • Pilot Plant • Acid Plant – Strictly packaging
Ethylene Oxide Plant • Conduct both ethoxylation and propoxylation • Emerson Delta V control system. • Also prepare calcium and amine sulfonates, ether sulfates and phosphate esters.
Liquid Blending Unit • Produce custom and T-Mulz blends • Package containers and tank trucks. • Manufacture ether sulfates and phosphate esters
Formulation Plant • Produce silicone and non-silicone antifoams • Also produce, small quantity, value added products. • White room packaging
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.
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:
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.
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
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
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,
Technology Platforms • Narrow Range Ethoxylates (NRE’s). • Functional Monomers • Agricultural products • NRE ether sulfates • Fermentation Defoamers