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AkzoNobel Inaugurates New Alkoxylation & Peroxides Facilities in China

Published on 2016-11-01. Author : SpecialChem

AkzoNobel's New Specialty Chemicals Plants in China
AkzoNobel's New Specialty Chemicals Plants in China

AkzoNobel has invested €80 million to open two new specialty chemicals plants at its multi-site in Ningbo, China. The company has also announced that a further €90 million is to be invested in building a new specialty chemicals plant in Tianjin.

Specialty Chemicals Plant in Tianjin

The new facilities at the Ningbo site include:
  • An Alkoxylation Facility - Provides surfactants for various industries including coatings
  • A Peroxides Facility – Provides organic peroxides that are used in the production of crosslinked rubber

The new facilities in Ningbo are for the Surface Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry businesses. The state-of-the-art site in Tianjin – to be located at the Nangang Chemical Park – is also being constructed for the Polymer Chemistry business and will replace its existing plant in the area.

Investment Strengthens Market Position in China

Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel’s Executive Committee member responsible for Specialty Chemicals said, “There is increasing demand for innovative and more sustainable chemical products and these new facilities will enable us to continue meeting our customers’ growing needs. As well as enhancing our customer focus, these investments also highlight our focus on organic growth and our commitment to further strengthening our market positions in China.

Investing in state-of-art specialty chemicals facilities, with a focus on sustainability, is only natural as we continue our growth journey in China,” explained Dr. LIN Liangqi, President of AkzoNobel China.

Commenting on the inaugurations, Director of the CMC in Ningbo Petrochemical District, Zuyou Hu said: “I am delighted to see AkzoNobel’s continued long-term commitment in Ningbo. The new facilities will greatly enhance Ningbo Chemical Base’s innovation capability and contribute to its development into one of China’s strategic chemical production hubs.

Compliance with Chinese Regulations

In Tianjin, the planned organic peroxides facility will utilize 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.

Our investment in Tianjin demonstrates our commitment to maintaining our safety leadership position while fully supporting the growth of our customers,” added Fuhrmann.

Construction of the new Tianjin site will start towards the end of 2016. It is expected to be operational in late 2018.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is one of the leading global paints and coatings companies and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, it supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable technologies designed to meet the growing demands of its fast-changing planet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, it has approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. 

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Source: AkzoNobel
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