AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - AkzoNobel has announced the plant expansion for the manufacture of monochloroacetic acid (MCA) in China.
The company's Taixing site, which now boasts production capacity of 60,000 metric tons per year, is the largest of its kind in China. It will help to meet steadily increasing demand for MCA in China, where the market is growing in line with GDP at more than 10 percent annually. MCA is a chemical intermediate that is widely used for the production of agrochemicals, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), surfactants and a variety of other applications.
The Taixing plant, which now has more than double the original design capacity, incorporates state-of-the-art proprietary technologies and best-in-class HSE standards to deliver a superior cost position coupled with the lowest environmental footprint available in the market.