Nouryon doubles organic peroxides capacity at Brazil site

Article by Amanda Jasi

NOURYON has completed a project to double the capacity for organic peroxides at a plant in Itupeva, Brazil.

The expansion has added capacity for products including methyl ethyl ketone peroxides and dibenzoyl peroxide pastes and waxes, which are essential ingredients used to produce composites that serve fast-growing markets such as wind turbines and civil construction.

Composites are materials made from two or more constituent materials with different physical and chemical properties that combine to create a material with different characteristics from the individual components.

A key upgrade at the facility was the installation of an advanced safety instrumented system (SIS), to help ensure safe operation.

According to Alain Rynwalt, Vice President of Polymer Catalysts at Nouryon, the Itupeva site has been transformed into a state-of-the-art production facility and will help the company offer greater supply reliability of its organic peroxides.

Nouryon declined to disclose the new capacity of the Itupeva plant.

The expansion is the latest in a series of investments which Nouryon has made to strengthen its Polymer Catalysts business, including organic peroxides and metal alkyls.

Last year, Nouryon acquired Zhejiang Friend Chemical, the largest producer of triethyl aluminium (TEAL) in China.

This April, the company announced an agreement to acquire Sasol’s merchant TEAL business.

Article by Amanda Jasi

Staff reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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