AkzoNobel to expand chloromethanes capacity in Germany
AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business has entered the design phase to further expand capacity for the production of chloromethanes in Germany.
Also called as methyl chloride, chloromethane is a chemical compound of the group of organic compounds called haloalkanes.
As part of the move, the company had recently converted its mercury-based chlor-alkali plant in Frankfurt to modern membrane technology, which increased the availability of chlorine raw material.
AkzoNobel Chlor-Alkali and Chloromethanes general manager Jürgen Baune said: "The next logical next step is to debottleneck the chloromethanes facilities to enable capacity to be increased even further.
"Working together with our customers, we’re confident we can successfully accelerate growing our chloromethanes business by stretching the current asset base to the maximum.
"It aligns with our strategy to accommodate the growing demand of our key customers, while further increasing the integrity of our assets."
According to the company, the expansion plans also highlight its strategy of growing with its customers as a reliable supplier.
AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals Executive Committee member Werner Fuhrmann said: "Expanding our chloromethanes capacity will improve the productivity of our Frankfurt cluster while also providing important supply chain benefits for our customers to accompany their growth ambitions."
In addition to being used as intermediates in the production of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, refrigerants, silicone polymers and fluoropolymers, chloromethanes are important raw materials for the construction and automotive industries, water treatment, cookware and electronics.
Image: AkzoNobel to expand chloromethanes capacity in Germany. Photo: courtesy of Akzo Nobel NV.