Nouryon to Expand MCA Capacity in the Netherlands
Nouryon has announced plans to expand its production capacity for monochloroacetic acid (MCA) in Delfzijl, the Netherlands by the end of 2020. Nouryon stated that this will help satisfy market growth as well as Nouryon’s own increased consumption of MCA to produce carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), following its recent acquisition of J.M. Huber’s CMC business. Nouryon has reportedly also initiated a study to free up more capacity for chlorine, the key raw material for MCA.
“MCA serves several high-growth sectors, including crop protection products in the Americas and pharmaceutical production in India and other emerging markets,” said Rob Vancko, head of MCA and Strategy, Industrial Chemicals at Nouryon. “The expansion project in Delfzijl combined with the opening of a new joint venture plant in India later this year will increase our overall MCA production capacity by more than 20 percent to help us capture demand growth.”
Nouryon added that these projects will allow the company to fully benefit from its technology leadership in MCA and the growth of Nouryon’s CMC business. The project also reflects Nouryon’s focus on making targeted investments in attractive end markets that support customer growth, the company added.