AkzoNobel Invests in Sulfur Derivative Plant

AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business has completed a $10 million investment at its LeMoyne, Ala. sulfur derivatives plant in the United States. The plant supplies essential ingredients used in several major industries, the company stated.

The investment includes a 20,000-dry metric ton expansion to produce sodium hydrosulfide (NaSH), which the company supplies to customers in the paper, leather tanning, mining, and specialty polymers segments.

“This is a key expansion, which will help to support growing customer demand,” said Sulfur Derivatives general manager, Ignacio Garin.

According to the company, AkzoNobel is the only company to produce a high strength, high purity NaSH at 60 percent concentration, which means the product qualifies as an eco-premium solution, offering advantages in terms of energy efficiency, emissions, and waste water.

“This project is just the latest in a series of capital investments we have made to support the growth of our customers across a range of end-use markets. It also underlines our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel’s executive committee member responsible for Specialty Chemicals.