Responsible Care® In Action

In the early 1990s, CIAC began collecting data that clearly showed Responsible Care® was working – a pattern of continuous improvement that is still evident today. Workplace safety has improved dramatically; since 1992, CIAC members have reduced the number of injuries and illnesses at their facilities by 60 per cent. Members have also substantially reduced their environmental footprint – a unit of Canadian chemical product is now manufactured with 87 per cent fewer emissions than in 1992. Today, CIAC member-companies are pushing themselves even further, by finding innovative ways to make their operations more sustainable. Below you’ll find examples of how they’re doing just that.

Cytec invests in Innovative Niagara Plant Expansion

Cytec Industries Inc. invested $160 million to complete an expansion of its Welland manufacturing plant, located near Niagara Falls, Ontario. The expansion doubles Cytec’s phosphine and phosphine derivative manufacturing capacity, making it the largest and most technologically advanced phosphine plant in the world.

The Welland plant is the only facility in North America producing phosphine and phosphine derivatives, which are used in a range of materials, including electronics for LEDs, mineral processing, solvent extraction, pharmaceutical intermediates, industrial catalysts, biocides, and agricultural fumigation.

“Cytec is the global leader in the research and manufacture of industrial scale phosphine derivatives. The added capacity will enable us to meet the growing needs in our current markets”, said Michael Radossich, President of Cytec Specialty Chemicals. “The asset will also allow us to leverage growth opportunities in additional highly attractive market segments we are pursuing today and in the future.”

Cytec is one of the many Responsible Care® companies investing to ensure sustainable growth  benefits the communities where their facilities are located. The Welland expansion project will create 30 new jobs, help maintain 105 existing positions at the facility, and support research staff working to bring new products to market.

For more information please visit Cytec’s website at

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