Chemical firm Nouryon has completed a project to more than double capacity for organic peroxides at its plant in Itupeva, Brazil. The expansion will add capacity for products including methyl ethyl ketone peroxides (MEKP) as well as dibenzyl peroxide (BPO) pastes and waxes. These are essential ingredients used in the production of composites serving fast-growing markets such as wind turbines and civil construction.
“This investment in Itupeva has transformed our site into a state-of-the-art production facility and gives our composites customers greater supply reliability across our entire organic peroxides product portfolio,” said Alain Rynwalt, Vice President of Polymer Catalysts at Nouryon. One key upgrade at the site is installation of an advanced Safety Instrumented System (SIS).
This is the latest in a series of investments Nouryon has made to strengthen its Polymer Catalysts business, which includes organic peroxides and metal alkyls. Last year, the company acquired Zhejiang Friend Chemical Co., the largest producer of triethyl aluminum (TEAL) in China. In April of this year, Nouryon announced an agreement to acquire the merchant TEAL business of Sasol.
“Nouryon is a world leader in essential ingredients for the polymer industry,” said Johan Landfors, President of Technology Solutions at Nouryon. “We supply our growing customer base from production facilities in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and our most recent investment in Itupeva strengthens even more our supply position in this fast-growing region.”