AkzoNobel expands Chemical Island to support Brazilian Forestry Company
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