Sweden: Capacity Expansion Nouryon Increases Production of Expandable Microspheres in Sweden

Editor: Alexander Stark

Nouryon has completed a $ 22.5 million project at Sundsvall, Sweden that raises production capacity for its Expancel expandable microspheres. These products are used to enhance the properties of products ranging from shoe soles and food packaging to wind turbines.

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Aerial view of Nouryon's Sundsvall site in Sweden.
Aerial view of Nouryon's Sundsvall site in Sweden.
(Source: Nouryon)

Sundsvall/Sweden — Expancel expandable microspheres demand is growing fast. Examples include underbody coatings, weather strips and repair putty for the automotive market, and sealants, floorings and elastomeric cool roof coatings for the construction market. Expancel microspheres are used as a lightweight filler and a blowing agent to make end products lighter, create attractive textures, protect against damage or shield against the elements. At the same time it also reduces costs as less raw material is needed.

Nouryon is a leading producer of expandable microspheres. Therefore, the company is increasing the capacity for this product at its Sundsvall site The company recently also announced that it would invest in a new world-scale Expancel plant in the US, subject to final board approval.