Solvay wraps up Tennessee facility expansion

Greater support for copper mining and meeting growing demand were both behind Solvay’s expansion of its Mount Pleasant, Tenn., facility, a project that has now been completed.

The project, first announced in December 2021, included a 20% boost in its line capacity for its ACORGA copper solvent extraction products. ACORGA, ACORGA NR and ACORGA OPT have all seen increasing demand from mining operations for applications including clean energy and e-mobility needs.

“This milestone reaffirms Solvay’s commitment to the mining industry. Even as oxide ore reserves are depleting, the market for copper solvent extractants is expected to remain strong, supported by new leaching technologies capable of treating sulfide ores,” the company said.

Matthew Davis, global business director, Mineral Processing and Metal Extraction Products, said the Mount Pleasant expansion enables Solvay to ensure security of supply for its customers while responding to increasing production needs.

“Solvay is committed to growing with its customers. In fact, we expect to add additional capacity in the future to remain a reliable, long-term partner and help our mining customers maximize metallurgical results and overall operational value.”

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