AkzoNobel opens additional Chemical Island in Brazil


Dutch specialty chemicals maker AkzoNobel has commissioned its Jupiá Chemical Island in Brazil, in turn allowing it to provide chemicals to the Eldorado Brasil Celulose pulp mill.

"The Jupiá plant is expected to ensure a sustainable eucalyptus pulp supply to the world marketplace."

The €90m Jupiá facility is operated by the company's Pulp and Performance Chemicals business and will supply, store and handle all chemicals for the 1.5 million tonnes per year (tpy) Eldorado mill, as part of a 15-year agreement.

AkzoNobel executive committee member responsible for specialty chemicals, Werner Fuhrmann, said: "We are very proud to be involved in such a prestigious project which marks a significant step in AkzoNobel accelerating growth in one of its core markets."

The Jupiá plant is expected to ensure a sustainable eucalyptus pulp supply to the world marketplace, apart from creating approximately 60 long-term jobs.

Pulp and Performance Chemicals managing director Ruud Joosten said: "The plant's official opening also emphasises our commitment to expanding our activities in one of the world's most rapidly growing regions."

AkzoNobel already operates the Chemical Island concept at several pulp mills and production plants in Jacareí, Eunápolis, Três Lagoas, Rio de Janeiro and Jundiaí, Brazil.

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