AkzoNobel initiates 2 new speciality chemical plants in China

AkzoNobel initiates 2 new speciality chemical plants in China

10:09 AM, 28th October 2016
AkzoNobel’s site in Ningbo, China.
AkzoNobel’s site in Ningbo, China.

NINGBO/ TIANJIN, CHINA: AkzoNobel initiates two new speciality chemicals plants at its site in Ningbo, China, together with an investment of €80 million. Additionally, it said that it will further invest €90 million in building a new speciality chemicals plant in Tianjin, China.

Building of the new Tianjin plant is for polymer chemistry business, will start near the end of 2016 and is likely to be operational in late 2018.  It will replace its existing plant in the area.

The new facilities in Ningbo are for surface chemistry and polymer chemistry businesses, it includes an alkoxylation facility – which will provide surfactants for the agrochemical, cleaning, viscose and animal feed industries – as well as the company’s largest unit for making organic peroxides that are used in the production of crosslinked rubber. This will mark AkzoNobel’s position as the world’s largest organic peroxides producer.

In Tianjin, the planned organic peroxides facility will utilise state-of-the-art technology that meets stringent safety and environmental standards introduced by the Chinese government. Offering more capacity than the existing site, it is being constructed to support efforts by the local authorities to improve safety in the chemical industry, while providing improved manufacturing and quality processes to customers.

“These new plants will enable us to meet the customers growing demand for innovative and more sustainable chemical products, and our commitment to further strengthening our market positions in China,” said Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel’s executive committee member responsible for speciality chemicals.

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