Nouryon to invest in new US plant for expandable microspheres

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Nouryon, the AkzoNobel speciality chemicals spin-off, is setting up a “world-scale” polymerisation plant for its Expancel expandable microspheres in the US.

The Dutch chemicals company has selected a location in the US but told PNE it could not give further information “until the project is approved” by the company board.

The new plant, Nouryon said in a 7 March statement, will significantly strengthen its position in expandable microspheres, which are used as fillers and blowing agents for lightweighting and cost-saving purposes.

According to Nouryon, advanced engineering of the plant is currently under way and long delivery item procurement has started.

The project is scheduled for completion in late 2020, subject to final board approval.

“This investment is an important step to meet the fast-growing demand for this product,” said Sylvia Winkel Pettersson, director Expancel at Nouryon.

Expancel, according to Pettersson, is used in a multitude of applications and markets, offering benefits such as lower density and better insulation.

The planned US investment follows a recently completed capacity increase at Sundsvall, Sweden, which is scheduled to be fully on-line in the second quarter.

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