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4. Oct 2017 | Raw materials

Akzo Nobel develops novel technology platform to manufacture ethylene amines

Akzo Nobel's Specialty Chemicals business has developed a novel technology platform for producing ethylene amines and their derivatives from ethylene oxide.

Egbert Henstra, Managing Director of Akzo Nobel's Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives business. Source: Akzo Nobel

As well as significantly reducing raw material consumption per ton of product, it also offers a substantially improved cost and sustainability profile when compared with existing processes.

Demonstration plant in the planning

The flexibility of the technology will allow the selective production of a wide range of end products, enabling the company to expand its amines product offering. Akzo Nobel intends to start construction of a demonstration plant in 2018 to showcase the competitiveness of the platform and validate the products with customers. The range of ethylene amines targeted includes, but is not limited to, DETA (diethylenetriamine) and TETA (triethylenetetramine), which are key building blocks in a number of growth applications such as epoxy curing, oil and road additives, and paper.

"Game-changer in the industry"

"This technology offers unique benefits in comparison to mainstream technology and we strongly believe it has the potential to become a game-changer in the industry," said Joppe Smit, General Manager of Akzo Nobel's Ethylene Amines business."

Added Egbert Henstra, Managing Director of Akzo Nobel's Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives business: "Launching this technology strengthens our product portfolio and will further improve the company's position as one of the leaders in the ethylene amines industry."

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