AkzoNobel studies plans to build world-class EHEC plant
September 21, 2017
AkzoNobels Specialty Chemicals business is studying plans to build a world-class plant for its Bermocoll® business, which supplies essential ingredients for the paint and buildings and construction industries.
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.
A number of locations are being considered for the new EHEC plant, including options to expand operations at the 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 AkzoNobels Bermocoll business. "Building a new facility will enable us to support that market growth, giving our customers improved long-term supply security."
Commenting on the plans, Werner Fuhrmann, member of AkzoNobels Executive Committee responsible for Specialty Chemicals, said: "Bermocoll delivers excellent performance and provides important sustainability benefits for our customers as they are based on renewable raw materials." He also added that the expansion plans highlight the companys strategy of growing with its customers.