(ICIS) -- AkzoNobel will invest EUR 140m (USD 200m) in new membrane electrolysis technology to upgrade its 165 KTa chlorine plant in Frankfurt, Germany, the Dutch paints and coatings company said on Monday. The plant's capacity is expected to be raised to 250 KTa and the upgraded plant will come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2013, the company said in a statement. The upgrading work has already begun, according to a company official.
The company operates three chlorine plants in Germany and two in the Netherlands through its subsidiary AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals, the company said. These facilities ⌠exceeded 1m tonnes in total production last year, it added.
Chlorine is used in the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), epoxy resins and polyurethane (PU). It is also commonly used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, according to AkzoNobel.