Nouryon to Expand MCA Capacity in the Netherlands
17th August 2020
Specialty chemicals company Nouryon plans to expand monochloroacetic acid (MCA) production capacity at its Dutch site in Delfzijl by the end of 2020. The capacity hike will be achieved by investing in technology and efficiency improvements.
The company said that the extra output will meet market growth as well as satisfy Nouryon’s own increased consumption of MCA to produce carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), following its acquisition of J.M. Huber’s CMC business on Jun. 30.
Nouryon said it has also initiated a study on how it can free up more capacity for chlorine, the key raw material for making MCA, which is used in the manufacture of many crop protection and home and personal care products, as well as being an important building block used by the food and pharmaceutical industries.
“MCA serves several high-growth sectors, including crop protection products in the Americas and pharmaceutical production in India and other emerging markets,” said Rob Vancko, Nouryon’s head of MCA and Strategy, Industrial Chemicals. “The expansion project in Delfzijl combined with the opening of a new joint venture plant in India later this year will increase our overall MCA production capacity by more than 20 percent to help us capture demand growth.”
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