Nouryon, the AkzoNobel speciality chemicals spin-off, has more than doubled production capacity for emulsion-based organic peroxides at its site in Los Reyes, Mexico.
The project is part of a three-phased expansion plan for liquid organic peroxides production at the Mexican facility, Nouryon said in a written statement to PNE.
Organic peroxides are used to initiate the polymerisation process in the production of plastics such as polystyrene, PVC and composite materials.
Nouryon said the expansion project was in response to increased customer demand in the North American polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market.
The Dutch chemicals company develops liquid peroxide under the brand name Trigonox; its solid peroxides branded are marketed under the brand name of Perkadox.
While both types are manufactured at the Los Reyes site, this latest expansion specifically aimed to increase the production of Trigonox, Nouryon told PNE.
Emulsion-based peroxides also play a key role in Nouryon’s patented continuous initiator dosing (CiD) technology, which is claimed to allow PVC producers to raise reactor output by up to 40% “with minimum capital expenditure.”
“We are pleased that customers are attracted to the benefits of emulsions for PVC production,” said Johan Landfors, managing director Polymer Chemistry at Nouryon.
Set up in 1970, the Los Reyes plant supplies materials globally. The liquid organic peroxides produced at the site are mainly targeted at customers in the Americas, particularly in high-growth regions such as the US, Nouryon added.