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ASHTA Chemicals Inc. selects INEOS Technologies BICHLOR™ electrolysers for major investment at Ashtabula production facility in Ohio, US


INEOS Technologies has today confirmed that it has been selected by ASHTA Chemicals Inc. to supply technology as part of a $60 million investment at its production facility in Ashtabula, Ohio.

INEOS Technologies will provide process design services and three state of the art BICHLOR™ bipolar electrolysers to replace the current mercury cell technology.

ASHTA Chemicals Inc. has manufactured and marketed chlorine and potassium based chemicals to  a broad customer base since the 1960s.

INEOS BICHLOR™ electrolysers are currently installed in over 55 projects around the world, with the biggest plant using the technology being located in Runcorn, UK, where 20 BICHLOR ™ electrolysers produce over 1,000,000 MTPA of chlor-alkali products.

For more than fifty years, ASHTA has continuously improved our manufacturing processes, our safety performance and our environmental compliance while delivering these vital products to our customers,” said José Valdés, ASHTA’s CEO. By converting to membrane cell technology we will reduce electricity consumption by approximately 20% and produce the same high quality products with less waste and less of an impact to the environment. ASHTA has chosen INEOS Technologies as its membrane electrolyzer equipment and technology provider and Jacobs Engineering Group as its engineering, procurement and construction management provider for this project. This state-of-the-art sustainable technology has lower power consumption, longer component lifetimes, improved production quality and enhanced safety performance.”

Peter Grant, Business Director of INEOS Technologies, commented: "­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­INEOS Technologies is delighted to be working alongside ASHTA Chemicals Inc. focusing INEOS’ 116 year chlor-alkali manufacturing knowledge into the project ensuring that this key investment for the Ashtabula production facility is a success.” 

ASHTA Chemicals Inc. products are used in a wide variety of products including liquid fertilizers, runway deicers, food and pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, alkaline batteries, photochemistry, oil and gas production, industrial cleaners and water treatment.  



For further information please contact:
Pete Grant, INEOS Technologies
Telephone + 41 (0) 21 627 7085


Notes to editors:

INEOS Technologies is a leading developer and licensor of technologies for the global petrochemicals industry. It offers the broadest range of petrochemical technologies on the market today and also supplies catalysts, additives and coatings that our customers require to obtain the best possible performance from their investments.

INEOS Technologies' complete portfolio of leading licensed technologies includes:

  • Innovene PP - gas phase technology for the production of polypropylene 
  • Innovene S - slurry technology for the production of mono and bi-modal HDPE
  • Innovene G -swing gas phase technology for the production of LLDPE and HDPE
  • BICHLOR - membrane electrolyser technology for chlor alkali production
  • Vinyls - technology for the production of EDC, VCM and PVC
  • Nitriles - technology for the production of Acrylonitrile and Maleic Anhydride
  • Polystyrene – general purpose, high impact and expandable PS technologies

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