Operated by the group’s specialty chemicals business, the Chinese site produces dicumyl peroxide (DCP), an organic peroxide used as a crosslinking agent in the manufacture of polymers.
Capacity at the site was increased by 40% in August, following the completion of an initial project, and is set to double to a capacity of 38,000 tonnes per year.
“The market for DCP is strong and continues to grow globally,” says Johan Landfors, managing director of AkzoNobel’s polymer chemistry business.
“This new expansion is necessary to meet that demand, and is also a visible demonstration of the company’s continued commitment to invest in the future of the Specialty Chemicals business,” he added.
DCP is used in a wide range of polymers, especially those requiring durability. Typical end-use applications include shoe soles and insulating high voltage cables.