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10. Jun 2019 | Raw materials

Nouryon completes expandable microspheres expansion in Sweden

Nouryon has completed a EUR 20 million project at Sundsvall, Sweden that significantly raises production capacity for its expandable microspheres.

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Nouryson expands in Sweden (symbil image). Image source: Public_Domain_Photography / Pixabay.

These microspheres are used to enhance the properties of products ranging from shoe soles and food packaging to wind turbines.

The demand "is growing fast as we develop new applications to fulfil customer needs,” said Sylvia Winkel Pettersson, Director Expancel at Nouryon. "Examples include underbody coatings, weather strips and repair putty for the automotive market, and sealants, floorings and elastomeric cool roof coatings for the construction market.”

Microspheres are used as a lightweight filler

The microspheres are used as a lightweight filler and a blowing agent to make end products lighter, create attractive textures, protect against damage or shield against the elements. At the same time it also reduces costs as less raw material is needed.

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