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AkzoNobel doubles MCA production in China

By Gerald Ondrey |

AkzoNobel (Amersfoort, Netherlands; www.akzonobel.com) is to increase monochloroacetic acid (MCA) production capacity at its Taixing site in China to 60,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr). “Our investment demonstrates our strong commitment to serving the growing Chinese market,” said Lars Andersson, general manager of AkzoNobel’s MCA business. “The additional capacity will be used to grow with our existing domestic customers and further strengthen our market position. Our key focus will be to serve the increasing demand for high purity MCA for the applications Agrochemicals, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and Surfactants”. In June 2002 AkzoNobel inaugurated its 25,000 m.t./yr MCA Taixing plant. The plant incorporates state-of-the art proprietary technology drawn from existing AkzoNobel plants in Sweden and the Netherlands. This technology represents high HSE standards with the lowest environmental footprint available in the market. The Taixing plant has the most advanced equipment and control systems, meeting all environmental and safety standards and requirements, says the company. The continuous MCA process gives a wide range of consistent and high quality MCA, with levels of the main byproduct DCA from…
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