AlzChem Expands German Nitrile Production
6th November 2020
AlzChem announced plans to expand nitrile production at its site in Trostberg, Germany, by up to 50% by the second quarter of 2021, due to the continuing high level of market demand. The specialty chemicals supplier said that the investment volume amounts to approximately €12 million. The currently available capacities had only been expanded in July 2019 and quickly reached 100% capacity, said AlzChem.
The additional nitrile production capacities are intended to primarily support the growth of medications and biocides. AlzChem takes advantage of the market trend towards more robust supply chains, thus following the trend of increased supply security through a European supplier.
Andreas Niedermaier, CEO of AlzChem, commented: “Our nitrile business has shown stable growth rates for several years and we are convinced that this development is sustainable. The current market demand will continue to significantly exceed our new total capacities. This gives us a high degree of planning security, as do our customer contracts, some of which are long-term. Supported by these positive market dynamics, we continue our proven strategy of making very targeted investments and actively manage our growth. This is particularly important in the current environment.”
The expanded nitrile production plant is again based on AlzChem’s proven gas phase technology, which is continuously being optimized. The gas phase technology stands for low emissions and reduced waste quantities. The waste gas incineration plant in Trostberg converts emissions into water and carbon dioxide, and in the case of chlorinated benzonitriles into hydrochloric acid, which in turn is used in other processes at the site.
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