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Akzo Nobel completes expansion of Surface Chemistry plant in China

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Akzo Nobel has completed the EUR4.8 million expansion project at its Surface Chemistry facility in Boxing, China, increasing the company's regional product portfolio and reconfirming its commitment to the Asian market.

Akzo Nobel completes expansion of Surface Chemistry plant in China. Source: Akzo Nobel

Akzo Nobel completes expansion of Surface Chemistry plant in China. Source: Akzo Nobel

Being able to supply higher value products means Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals is now in a stronger position to serve customers in numerous market sectors, including cleaning, agrochemical, personal care, mining, fuel and lubes, asphalt and the oil industry.

Compounds for intermediaries

Prior to the expansion, the site was mainly dedicated to producing fatty acids, nitriles, amines and quaternary ammonium compounds for chemical intermediaries and manufacturers in the fabric softeners market. "The chemicals industry in Asia continues to evolve and over the last four years we have significantly increased our capabilities in the region," explains AB Ghosh, Managing Director for Akzo Nobel's Surface Chemistry business.

Growing demands in Asia

"Tthe new production capacities we now have at the site mean we are better equipped to serve the growing demands in Asia and regions around the world." The Boxing expansion is the latest in a series of investments to increase production in China. As well as inaugurating a new alkoxylation plant in Ningbo in 2016, the company is also on track to double capacity for organic peroxides at the Ningbo multi-site over the course of next year.

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