Ak­zoNo­bel ex­pands Chem­i­cal Is­land to sup­port Brazil­ian Forestry Com­pany

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Ak­zoNo­bel’s

Spe­cialty Chem­i­cals busi­ness has com­pleted the ex­pan­sion of a Chem­i­cal Is­land in Brazil to sup­port a ma­jor project for Brazil­ian forestry com­pany, Fib­ria. The world’s lead­ing pro­ducer of eu­ca­lyp­tus pulp from planted forests, Fib­ria has in­vested $2.2 bil­lion to more than dou­ble pulp ca­pac­ity at its mill in TrêsLagoas to 3.25 mil­lion tons per year.

The ex­pan­sion of the Chem­i­cal Is­land in­cludes the in­stal­la­tion of a sec­ond chlo­rine diox­ide plant, as well as in­creased space for stor­age and lo­gis­tics. The Chem­i­cal Is­land con­cept pro­vides pulp mill cus­tomers with a sus­tain­able and cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion for the pro­duc­tion and sup­ply of bleach­ing chem­i­cals as well as ser­vices for other chem­i­cal pro­cesses.

“We are a ded­i­cated part­ner with Fib­ria and have now sup­plied five of their six chlo­rine diox­ide units, in­clud­ing the two at TrêsLagoas,” said Antonio Car­los Francisco, Gen­eral Man­ager of Bleach­ing Chem­i­cals South Amer­ica for Ak­zoNo­bel’s Pulp and Per­for­mance Chem­i­cals busi­ness.

Alead­ing UK sci­en­tist, Pro­fes­sor Gra­ham Hutch­ings whose work has helped cut the use of mer­cury in China’s chem­i­cal in­dus­tries has been made an hon­orary pro­fes­sor of Tian­jin Univer­sity, China.

Pro­fes­sor Gra­ham Hutch­ings is renowned world­wide for his work on the ac­cel­er­a­tion of chem­i­cal re­ac­tions us­ing cat­a­lysts. His re­search led to a cleaner method for pro­duc­ing polyvinyl chlo­ride (PVC) us­ing gold as a cat­a­lyst, rather than harm­ful mer­cury.

Thanks to a part­ner­ship with sus­tain­able tech­nolo­gies gi­ant John­son Matthey, his work has been com­mer­cialised in China - the world’s largest pro­ducer and con­sumer of PVC – help­ing to clean up rivers poi­soned by the heavy metal.

“I am de­lighted and deeply hum­bled to be hon­oured by Tian­jin Univer­sity,” said Pro­fes­sor Hutch­ings. The univer­sity is a true world-leader with a track record of sci­en­tific ‘firsts’. Its chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing fac­ulty alone has 7,000 stu­dents and 2,000 staff. A brand new cam­pus, and eight build­ings ded­i­cated to chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing, makes it a pow­er­house for sci­ence in China,” added Pro­fes­sor Hutch­ings.

Prof Gra­ham Hutch­ings

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