AkzoNobel plans chloromethanes capacity expansion in Germany
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AkzoNobel plans chloromethanes capacity expansion in Germany

7:56 AM, 23rd October 2017
AkzoNobel plans chloromethanes capacity expansion in Germany
AkzoNobel’s New Frankfurt cell room.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel NV has entered the design phase for a further chloromethanes capacity expansion in Germany. Chloromethanes are a key ingredient in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and electronics.

Production was recently expanded when the company converted its mercury-based chlor-alkali plant in Frankfurt to modern membrane technology, which increased the availability of chlorine raw material.

Chloromethanes are used as intermediates in the production of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, refrigerants, silicone polymers and fluoropolymers, and are important raw materials for the construction and automotive industries, water treatment, cookware and electronics.

AkzoNobel has leading positions in chloromethanes, holding number one market positions for most of its products and applications in Europe.

“The next logical next step is to debottleneck the chloromethanes facilities to enable capacity to be increased even further. Working together with our customers, we’re confident we can successfully accelerate growing our chloromethanes business by stretching the current asset base to the maximum,” said Jurgen Baune, AkzoNobel’s general manager for chlor-alkali and chloromethanes.

“Expanding our chloromethanes capacity will improve the productivity of our Frankfurt cluster while also providing important supply chain benefits for our customers to accompany their growth ambitions. The expansion plans also highlight the company’s strategy of growing with its customers as a reliable supplier,” added Werner Fuhrmann, member of AkzoNobel’s executive committee responsible for speciality chemicals.

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