Asian Chemical News: November 2001
Over the next 18 months, Akzo Nobel will invest EUR 34.5 M on its Asian surfactants operations. In early 2003, a 20,000 tonne/y quaternary ammonium compounds plant, costing EUR 23 M, will be opened on Jurong Island, Singapore. An extra 25,000 tonne/y of fractionated fatty acids capacity will also be started up at facilities in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, at a cost of EUR 6.5 M. In Yokkaichi, Japan, 7000 tonne/y of amine-based compounds and quaternary ammonium compounds capacity will be added in a EUR 5 M project. Akzo Nobel is aiming to raise the proportion of its Asian surfactant sales from 20% of global sales to 33.3%.