AkzoNobel, ICL JV opens new salt packing facility in Spain

AkzoNobel, ICL JV opens new salt packing facility in Spain

5:33 AM, 8th June 2017
AkzoNobel, ICL JV opens new salt packing facility in Spain
High purity salt is in demand for the electrochemical industry, and for the food, feed and water treatment sectors. (File photo)

SURIA, SPAIN: Sal Vesta SL, a joint venture between AkzoNobel NV and ICL Iberia has completed a new salt packing facility in Spain.

Located in Suria, the facility is being used for tabletting and packing high purity salt, which is a co-product of Israel Chemicals Ltd’s (ICL) potassium mine. AkzoNobel will market and sell the full volume of salt specialities produced, allowing it to serve new markets in the Mediterranean region.

Under a long-term agreement, up to 1.5 million tonnes of high purity vacuum salt will be produced annually at the site, using AkzoNobel technology and know-how. ICL is investing in two salt production units which have an annual capacity of 750,000 tonnes each. The first is already fully operational, while the second is planned for 2021. Production at Suria will increase AkzoNobel’s total vacuum salt capacity to 7.5 million tonnes annually.

“High purity salt is in demand for the electrochemical industry, and for the food, feed and water treatment sectors. With the opening of the facility in Suria we are fully set for growth in southern Europe,” said Nils van der Plas, general manager of salt, AkzoNobel.

“This new plant is another step on the path towards sustainable mining and a clear example of the multiplier effects that our project is providing to the industry in Central Catalonia,” said Carles Aleman, CEO of ICL Suria & Sallent and VP of potash Spain operations.

“By cooperating with ICL Iberia, we have managed to turn a by-product stream into a valuable source of raw materials with limited additional investment. This is a perfect example of opening up new markets based on an asset-light growth strategy,” added Thierry Vanlancker, AkzoNobel’s executive committee member responsible for speciality chemicals

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