Global chemical company Huntsman has started operations at its new color pigments facility in Augusta, GA. The company has invested over $172-million in the development of the new production plant, the first of its kind to be built in North America for more than 35 years. It has the capacity to produce 30,000 metric tons of yellow, red and black iron oxide pigments per annum. The new facility will serve as the North American hub for Huntsman’s global pigments and additives business, which employs more than 4,500 people worldwide. With sustainability high on Huntsman’s corporate agenda, the site’s raw material supply chain has been closely integrated with Huntsman’s wider pigments and additives business. This enables the business to use iron sources obtained from waste streams at other plants as inputs at Augusta. Careful infrastructure and asset planning has also eliminated a drying step that is normally present at a stand-alone pigments production plant. Jan Buberl, vice-president sales and marketing, color pigments and timber treatment at Huntsman, said: “After years of hard work on site it is incredibly satisfying to see our new pigments plant up and running. Our new facility in Augusta increases our global manufacturing base and will enable us to better meet the needs of customers across the Americas. Producing product closer to their operations means we can offer better delivery times and greater security of supply. It also improves the environmental footprint of our supply chain.” Huntsman has recruited more than 100 people to work at its new pigments plant. Together, the team will keep the plant running 24/7.