MOSCOW (MRC) -- Nouryon has begun the engineering phase at its Expancel expandable microspheres plant in Wisconsin, US, moving one step closer to better serving its specialty additives customers in North America, said the company.
Construction on the plant is expected to begin at the end of the year. The expansion project, announced in 2019, strengthens Nouryon’s position in expandable microspheres. The Green Bay, Wisconsin, location was selected to complement the company’s existing production sites in Sweden, Brazil and China in order to support the growth of the industry. Expandable microspheres are used to make customers’ end products lighter and reduce cost and environmental impact by requiring less raw material.
"Nouryon is seeing a significant increase in demand for expandable microspheres, particularly in the packaging, construction and transportation industries in North America, which is being driven by global sustainability trends,” said Sylvia Winkel Pettersson, Vice President, Engineered Polymers at Nouryon. “This next phase in the development of our manufacturing facility is an important step to enable Nouryon to meet that fast-growing demand."
The material is used in products including concrete, packaging materials and elastomeric cool roof coatings in the construction industry, as well as for the prevention of cracks and water absorption in construction sealants to prolong the life of weather-exposed building materials. The solutions also help electric vehicles meet regulations for improved fuel efficiency. As less raw material is required it reduces the cost of production and is more environmentally friendly.
As per MRC, Nobian (formerly Nouryon), the world's largest manufacturer of paints and varnishes and specialty chemicals, announced force majeure on January 20 for the supply of caustic soda from its plant in Rotterdam (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) due to equipment breakdown. The resumption of Nobian's chlorine and caustic soda production in Rotterdam was delayed due to unforeseen production problems, resulting in a caustic soda force majeure announcement on April 28 amid critically low stocks.
Earlier it was reported that the March production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) amounted to 118 thousand tons (100% of the main substance) against 98.4 thousand tons a month earlier. In the first three months of the year, the total production of caustic soda amounted to 329.4 thousand tons, which is 0.7% less than the same indicator of the previous year.
Nouryon was officially formed in October 2018 after separating from AkzoNobel. The company manufactures everyday products, such as paper, plastics, building materials, food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care items. The company operates in over 80 countries around the world and its portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox and Berol.