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AkzoNobel and Royal Cosun Partner to Develop Cellulose-derived Products for Coatings

Published on 2016-05-05. Author : SpecialChem

AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a new partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.

AkzoNobel and Royal Cosun
Fig. 1: AkzoNobel and Royal Cosun
Partner to Develop Novel
Products from Cellulose

The partnership will combine Royal Cosun's specialist knowledge in separating and purifying agricultural process side streams with AkzoNobel's expertise in the chemical modification of cellulose.

"This is an exciting collaboration with a lot of possibilities," said Geert Hofman, General Manager of Performance Additives at AkzoNobel's Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives business. "It has the potential to deliver a wide range of innovative cellulose-based products resulting from sugar beet processing, addressing the need for more sustainable raw materials from a variety of industries, such as food and healthcare, as well as the coatings and construction sectors."

Added Peter Nieuwenhuizen, RD&I Director of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals: "Putting agricultural side streams to use as a sustainable source of chemicals is clearly a big step forward. By working together with Royal Cosun, we aim to develop and market sustainable new cellulose-based products, which will serve as essential ingredients for our customers' applications."

As well as highlighting Royal Cosun's focus on the bio-based economy, the partnership also underlines AkzoNobel's Planet Possible agenda, which includes ongoing efforts to develop and introduce sustainable, bio-based products that contribute to a circular economy.

About Royal Cosun


Royal Cosun is an agri-industrial group firmly rooted in the primary sector. The businesses that belong to Cosun are Aviko, Duynie, Sensus, Suiker Unie, SVZ and Cosun Biobased Products. They produce food ingredients and products that make their way to the food industry, foodservice sector and retail channels. In addition, the group is increasingly focusing on components for non-food applications.

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.

Source: AkzoNobel
 

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