AkzoNobel completes $10 mn sulphur plant expansion in US

AkzoNobel completes $10 mn sulphur plant expansion in US

9:09 AM, 15th November 2017
The opening ceremony of the 20,000-dry metric tonne sodium hydrosulfide production unit.
The opening ceremony of the 20,000-dry metric tonne sodium hydrosulfide production unit.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel's speciality chemicals business has completed a $10 million investment at its LeMoyne sulphur derivatives plant in US, which supplies essential ingredients used in several major industries.

Located in Alabama, the investment includes a 20,000-dry metric tonne expansion for the production of sodium hydrosulfide (NaSH), which the company supplies to customers in the paper, leather tanning, mining and speciality polymers segments.

AkzoNobel is the only company to produce a high strength, high purity NaSH at 60 percent concentration, which means the product qualifies as an eco-premium solution, offering advantages in terms of energy efficiency, emissions and wastewater. 

"This is a key expansion which will help to support growing customer demand. The LeMoyne facility employs unique AkzoNobel technology which provides NaSH at lower impurity levels and higher concentrations than competing processes, providing a significant sustainability benefit for customers," said Ignacio Garin, sulphur derivatives general manager, AkzoNobel.

"This project is just the latest in a series of capital investments we have made to support the growth of our customers across a range of end-use markets. It also underlines our ongoing commitment to sustainability," added Werner Fuhrmann, executive committee member responsible for speciality chemicals, AkzoNobel.

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