W R Grace & Co was incorporated in Delaware on August 6, 1997. The Company is engaged in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and specialty materials. It operates through three segments, namely Grace Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies, and Grace Construction Products. The Grace Catalysts Technologies segment includes catalysts and related products and technologies used in refining, petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing applications. The Grace Materials Technologies includes packaging technologies and engineered materials used in consumer, industrial, coatings, and pharmaceutical applications. The Grace Construction Products includes specialty construction chemicals and specialty building materials used in commercial, infrastructure and residential construction. The Company's geographic areas in which it operates includes United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Europe Middle East Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. The Company's products across its segments include Concrete admixtures, Additives for cement processing, Admixtures for masonry concrete, Process control solutions for ready-mix concrete, Structural waterproofing, vapor and air barrier systems, Residential building materials, Chemical grouts, Fire protection, Specialty grouts and mortars, Products for architectural concrete, Can sealants for rigid containers that ensure a hermetic seal between the lid and the body of beverage, food, aerosol and other cans, Sealants for metal and plastic bottle closures that are used on pry-off and twist-off metal crowns, as well as roll-on pilfer-proof and plastic closures to seal and enhance the shelf life of food and beverages in glass and plastic bottles and jars, Coatings for metal packaging that are used in the manufacture of cans and closures to protect the metal against corrosion, protect the contents against the influences of metal, ensure proper adhesion of sealing compounds to metal surfaces, and provide base coats for inks and for decorative purposes. The principal raw materials for Catalysts Technologies products include molybdenum, rare earths, tungsten, alumina, caustic soda, sodium silicate, sodium aluminate, aluminum sulfate, nickel, aluminum chlorohydrate, and aluminum. The principal raw materials for Materials Technologies products include resins, sodium silicate, solvents, latexes (including certain food-grade raw materials), polyolefin, and rubber. The principal raw materials for the Grace Construction Products are organic chemicals derived from olefins. Its customers include oil refiners and plastics and chemicals manufacturers, coatings manufacturers, consumer product manufacturers, plastics manufacturers, producers of rigid food and beverage packaging, and pharmaceutical companies, architectural and contracting firms as well as local specifiers, engineers and contractors. The Company's competitors include Albemarle Corp., Criterion, Haldor Topsoe, among others. The Company's trademarks include Grace, RESPONSIBLE CARE. The Company is subject, along with other manufacturers of specialty chemicals, to stringent regulations under numerous U.S. federal, state and local and foreign environment, health and safety laws and regulations relating to the generation, storage, handling, discharge, disposition and stewardship of hazardous wastes and other materials.
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