Degussa/Headwaters building demo plant

Oct. 12, 2005 – Headwaters Inc. (NYSE: HW) announced that DegussaHeadwaters, a joint venture of Degussa AG of Dusseldorf, Germany, and Headwaters of South Jordan, Utah, is building a demonstration plant for the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide in Hanau-Wolfgang, Germany.

The company says it has been developing a new method of synthesizing hydrogen peroxide for direct use as an oxidant in chemical processes. It is planning to build, own and operate hydrogen peroxide plants for supply to chemical producers around the world.

The process uses a nanocatalyst developed by Headwaters to react hydrogen and oxygen to form hydrogen peroxide. The initial phase of activity by DegussaHeadwaters was the construction and operation of a pilot plant. It has successfully operated since the beginning of this year, leading to the next step of constructing of a demonstration plant. The new plant is scheduled to come on line in the second quarter of 2006.


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