Dutch Specialty chemicals Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has increased production capacity for dialkyl peroxide at the company’s Ningbo site, China, by 25% after completing a major expansion project. The product, branded as Perkadox 14, is essential in the manufacture of many elastomer-based products, ranging from sports goods to industrial wires and cables.
According to Markus Majoor, Global Market Segment Lead at Nouryon, demand for Perkadox 14 in Asia and worldwide is on the rise because it has less odour compared to other organic peroxides on the market, which is ideal for consumer products such as athletic shoe soles and yoga mats. The expansion, he said is expected to meet growing customer demand and strengthen the company’s leadership position.
Johan Landfors, Managing Director Polymer Chemistry at Nouryon, said that the company has invested more than EUR100 million since 2018 to build organic peroxides production capacity across the globe, and will continue to invest in expanding their operations.
The Ningbo expansion is the latest in a series of investments by Nouryon to better serve and grow with its customers in the polymer market. For example, the company recently completed projects in India, Mexico, and the US.