Nouryon invest in new expandable microspheres plant

Nouryon to invest in new expandable microspheres plant

9:50 AM, 7th March 2019
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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: Nouryon has selected a location in the US for a world-scale polymerization plant for its Expancel expandable microspheres. The project will significantly strengthen the company’s leadership position in expandable microspheres, which are used to make customers’ end products lighter and reduce costs.

Advanced engineering is underway and long delivery item procurement has started. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2020, subject to final board approval.

Expancel microspheres are used as a lightweight filler and a blowing agent to make end products lighter, obtain different surface effects, and reduce costs by requiring less raw material.

“This investment is an important step to meet the fast-growing demand for this product. The planned facility will enable us to better serve our customers in the US and globally,” said Sylvia Winkel Pettersson, Director Expancel at Nouryon.

“It is a versatile product used in a multitude of applications and markets. It offers benefits such as lower density and better insulation – some of the key applications include automotive and construction,” Winkel Pettersson added.

“These projects reflect Nouryon’s commitment to be a trusted partner for our customers, who rely on us to support the growth of their business. We will take our growth ambitions to the next level by making strategic investments with attractive returns tailored to the needs of our customers,” said Niek Stapel, Managing Director Pulp and Performance Chemicals.

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