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AkzoNobel to Double DME Production at its Rotterdam/Europoort Plant in Netherlands

Published on 2012-01-17. Author : SpecialChem

AMERSFOORT, The Netherlands -- AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals is to increase dimethylether (DME) production capacity at its Rotterdam/Europort plant in the Netherlands to 45,000 tons a year.

"Our investment demonstrates our strong commitment to AkzoNobel's sustainable growth strategy and will reinforce our leading position in the European DME market," said Ton Pichel, Business Manager of AkzoNobel DME. "The additional capacity will be used to grow with our customers both in and outside Europe and to secure sufficient availability of DME in the market. The capacity extension is also part of AkzoNobel's ambition to be the first sustainable green DME producer and supplier, which is targeted to start materializing in 2012."

Dimethylether was introduced in the 1980s as an environmentally-friendly propellant for aerosols. The DME plant in Rotterdam/Europoort, which is capable of producing 20,000 tons a year, opened in the 1990s. The recently announced expansion in capacity will become available in Q4 2012 and is based on existing technology. The decision to expand capacity in this way will sustain AkzoNobel's high health, safety and environmental (HSE) standards.

The most important aerosol market segments are paints, polyurethane (PU) foams and cosmetics. AkzoNobel works in partnership with the major global players in these areas.

DME is also used in AkzoNobel's patented DeMythe®LDD technology for the processing of animal skins. This eco-premium technology is a revolutionary, highly cost-effective method of degreasing and dehydrating animal skins for the leather and protein processing industries.

Besides DME, AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals produces and sells salt, energy, chlor-alkali products and derivates such as monochloroacetic acid (MCA) and metal salts. All products that are essential to daily life which are used in a host of areas including the production of vehicle parts, food, glass, plastic, medicines, degreasing agents and textiles.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is one of the largest global paints and coatings companies and producers 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 a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™.

Source: AkzoNobel

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