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AkzoNobel Announces Opening of Bermocoll Cellulose Derivatives' Production Plant in Ningbo

Published on 2013-10-03. Author : SpecialChem

NINGBO, China -- AkzoNobel has further extended its Ningbo multisite in China with the completion of a new Bermocoll cellulose derivatives production plant. The new site is now serving the growing demand from customers throughout the region.

Based on a natural polymer, AkzoNobel's Bermocoll cellulose derivatives are sourced from wood pulp or cotton linters. The main application areas are water-based paints and building additives. Thanks to their unique water retention properties, they improve the product performance of water-based paint and help to further reduce VOC levels.

Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel's Executive Committee member responsible for Specialty Chemicals commented, "Our Ningbo multisite continues to be a cornerstone operation for us to deliver for our customers and help us realize our growth ambitions in this key region. We now look to extending our market leadership positions and bring our sustainable, innovative applications to the building and construction industry."

Continues Jan Svärd, Managing Director of AkzoNobel's Functional Chemical business: "We are very pleased that the new site is now up and running. The first introduction of chemicals took place in April 2013. After a well-staged trial period we have started commercial production in July 2013. No safety incidents have occurred during the whole construction and startup process of more than 1 million man-hour - a major achievement."

Following the start of production, AkzoNobel intends to ramp up the capacity of the plant to its 10,000 MT name plate by the end of 2014.

AkzoNobel has invested more than €400 million in the Ningbo site since it was established in November 2010. Occupying a 50-hectare plot, AkzoNobel is already producing chelates, ethylene amines, ethylene oxide and organic peroxides at its Ningbo multi-site. The products produced in Ningbo serve a number of markets including the building and construction, cleaning and detergents, food, oilfield, personal care and pulp and paper industries. AkzoNobel currently employs more than 7,700 people in China, including 500 in research and development. Revenue for 2012 was €1.7 billion, the majority being generated from local demand.

About Akzonobel

AkzoNobel is one of the leading global paints and coatings companies and a major producer of specialty chemicals. They supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for their customers. Their portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, they are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, their 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of their fast changing world.

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Source: Akzonobel

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