Akzo Nobel studies plans to build cellulosic ethers plant

Akzo Nobel's Specialty Chemicals business is studying plans to build a plant for its "Bermocoll" business, which supplies essential ingredients for the paint and buildings and construction industries.

Akzo Nobel studies plans to build cellulosic ethers plant. Source: Akzo Nobel -

The study – expected to be completed by the end of 2017 – is focused on creating a new facility to increase production capacity for EHEC cellulosic ethers to help meet growing global demand.

Rising consumption of water-based paint

A number of locations are being considered for the new EHEC plant, including options to expand operations at the company's existing production sites. “Demand for 'Bermocoll' is growing strongly due to the rising consumption of water-based paint and continued growth in the building and construction industry,” explained Geert Hofman, General Manager at Akzo Nobel's Bermocoll business. “Building a new facility will enable us to support that market growth.”

About “Bermocoll” product range

The “Bermocoll” range of products has been produced for more than 50 years and is today sold in more than 80 countries. Water soluble and virtually odourless, they deliver a number of benefits for water-based coatings, including improved viscosity, as well as better color stability and hiding power. Within the building and construction industry the product is also used also an ingredient in dry-mix mortars, helping to improve adhesion, flexibility, water retention and workability.

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