The Netherlands: Speciality Chemicals New Technology Platform for the Production of Ethylene Amines

Editor: Alexander Stark

Akzo Nobel's Specialty Chemicals business has developed a novel technology platform for producing ethylene amines and their derivatives from ethylene oxide.

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Egbert Henstra, Managing Director of Akzo Nobel's Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives business
Egbert Henstra, Managing Director of Akzo Nobel's Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives business
(Source: Akzo Nobel)

Amsterdam/The Netherlands — Apart from reducing raw material consumption per ton of product, it also offers an improved cost and sustainability profile when compared with existing processes, the company claims.

According to the company, the technology will allow the selective production of a wide range of end products, allowing for the expansion of their amines product offering. Construction of a demonstration plant for this technology will start in 2018.

The range of ethylene amines targeted includes, but is not limited to, Deta (diethylenetriamine) and Teta (triethylenetetramine), which are key building blocks in a number of growth applications such as epoxy curing, oil and road additives, and paper.

Joppe Smit, General Manager of Akzo Nobel's Ethylene Amines business said: "It offers unique benefits to our customers in comparison to mainstream technology and we strongly believe it has the potential to become a game-changer in the industry."

Egbert Henstra, Managing Director of AkzoNobel's Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives business said: "Launching this technology strengthens our product portfolio and will further improve the company's position as one of the leaders in the ethylene amines industry. Establishing this unique position is of strategic importance to our business."

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