Singapore-based chemical and dye products manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects (HTE) has expanded capacity and upgraded facilities at its Atoto plant in Mexico.

The improvements, HTE said, will help the company serve its customers' needs with "greater speed and flexibility". They include the construction of an extension to house a solvent-based production line, and the addition of new spray dryers.

The production of several specialty intermediate and solvent based dyes has also been transferred from Basel, Switzerland to Atoto, HTE said, and around 40 extra workers have been hired.

"The new upgrades at Atoto are crucial as we are ramping up to seize the growth that we foresee in the years ahead," said Jack Larkins, commercial director for North America.

Freddy Vasconcelos, commercial director for South America, added: "The investment in the Atoto facility is a clear demonstration of our confidence in the continued growth of the market in America and it is a crucial part of our ability to serve our customers with greater speed and flexibility."