Ingevity to increase, upgrade activated carbon extrusion in Covington, VA
Ingevity Corporation announced that it will increase extrusion capacity at its Covington, Virginia, facility in response to continued significant growth in global demand for its extruded activated carbon pellet products. These are used primarily in gasoline vapor emission control systems in cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats. The upgrades will include adding the use of a new pellet extrusion technology that will improve quality, consistency and throughput. This same technology is currently in use at the company's activated carbon extrusion facility in Wujiang, China, and will also be implemented at Ingevity's new extrusion facility being constructed in Changshu, China. The additional equipment and technology upgrades will increase total extrusion capacity in Covington by 10%-20%. Representing an investment of $15M-$20M, the new capacity is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2019. In May, Ingevity announced that it would increase its carbon activation capacity in Covington by 20% at a cost of $35M-$40M.