With an aim to support Nouryon’s position in expandable microspheres, the project will be producing Expancel expandable microspheres. The plant is expected to be complete by 2020.
USA – Nouryon has selected a location in the US for a world-scale polymerisation plant for its Expancel expandable microspheres. The project will significantly strengthen the company’s leadership position in expandable microspheres, which are used to make customers’ end products lighter and reduce costs.
Advanced engineering is under way and long delivery item procurement has started. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2020, subject to final board approval.
Expancel microspheres are used as a lightweight filler and a blowing agent to make end products lighter, obtain different surface effects, and reduce costs by requiring less raw material. It is a versatile product used in a multitude of applications and markets. It offers benefits such as lower density and better insulation – some of the key applications include automotive and construction.
The planned US investment follows a recently completed capacity increase at Sundsvall, Sweden, scheduled to be fully on-line in the second quarter.