Nouryon, a global specialty chemicals leader, has started production at a new manufacturing facility located at its site in Ningbo, China, to meet increasing demand in the Asia region for polymers used in the packaging, paints and coatings, and construction end-markets.
The facility, which began development in 2020, has an annual capacity of 35,000 tons and will produce two key intermediates – tert-Butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) and tert-Butyl alcohol (TBA) – which are essential ingredients in the production of polymers and composites.
“Nouryon is pleased to further support our customers across Asia now that operations are up and running at our new China facility,” said Alain Rynwalt, Vice President of Polymer Specialties at Nouryon. “This investment supports Nouryon’s commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers in the region for products such as safe and hygienic food packaging, paint resins and PVC pipes.”
Sobers Sethi, Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets and China at Nouryon, said: “Asia is a key region for Nouryon and the Ningbo site plays a pivotal role in achieving our growth targets. The investment in this new facility underlines our strategy of strengthening our presence in attractive high-growth markets.”
Nouryon has a long history in the development of organic peroxide solutions, going as far back as the early 1920s.
“Nouryon is the market leader in polymer specialties because of our technology leadership, innovation focus and our global manufacturing footprint,” said Johan Landfors, Executive Vice President and President of Technology Solutions at Nouryon. “This facility allows Nouryon to further strengthen the reliability of our regional supply of organic peroxides in Asia.”
Nouryon’s Ningbo site comprises six manufacturing facilities that produce chelating agents, organic peroxides, ethylene amines, cellulose ethers and surfactants. In Asia, Nouryon produces organic peroxides in Ningbo and Tianjin, China; Asa, Japan; and Mahad, India.