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AkzoNobel and Atul to Form JV for MCA Plant

Published on 2016-12-13. Author : SpecialChem

AkzoNobel and Atul have announced their intention to jointly invest in the production of monochloroacetic acid (MCA) in India, which will include setting up a world class MCA plant at Atul’s facility in Gujarat. Each partner will hold a 50 percent stake.

Eco-friendly Technology for MCA Production

Sunil Siddharth Lalbhai
Sunil Lalbhai, Chairman and Managing Director of Atul

The partnership will build on Atul’s status as one of the leading global suppliers of the herbicide 2,4-D (which uses MCA as a key raw material), and AkzoNobel’s global position in MCA market, with plants in the Netherlands, China, Japan and the US. The investment is subject to regulatory approvals and signing of final agreements.

AkzoNobel is committed to organic growth and this cooperation will contribute to our vision of driving profitable growth in emerging markets, with a strong and established local partner in Atul,” said Knut Schwalenberg, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Industrial Chemicals business.

Initial Annual Capacity of 32 Kilotons


Added Sunil Lalbhai, Chairman and Managing Director of Atul: “We are extremely passionate about the ‘Make in India’ initiative led by our Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, and are delighted to partner with AkzoNobel to bring state-of-the-art, eco-friendly technology for MCA to India from a world class company.”

The partnership will use chlorine and hydrogen manufactured by Atul to produce the MCA, taking advantage of both Atul’s existing infrastructure and the leading eco-friendly hydrogenation technology supplied by AkzoNobel. From an initial annual capacity of 32 kilotons at start-up, the plant has been designed for future expansion to 60 kilotons. The plant will produce enough MCA to meet the captive requirement of Atul; AkzoNobel will market the rest of it, primarily in India.

MCA for Adhesives


MCA is an essential building block in the chemical industry and is used in a wide variety of chemicals. For example, AkzoNobel customers use MCA to produce thickening agents for the food, oil, mining, personal care and detergent industries. The product is also used in agrochemicals, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, thermo-stabilizers, surfactants and cosmetics.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is one of the leading producers of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, it supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable technologies designed to meet the growing demands of the fast-changing planet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, it has approximately 47,000 people in around 80 countries, while its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka.

About Atul

Atul Ltd is an improvement driven, integrated chemical company serving about 5,700 customers belonging to 31 industries across the world. The Company has established subsidiary companies in the USA (1994), the UK (1996), Germany (1998), China (2004), Brazil (2012) and the UAE (2015) to serve its customers and thus enhance breadth and depth of its business.

With depth in science and technology, Atul manages almost all Unit Processes and Unit Operations to manufacture about 1,380 products and formulations and has state-of-the-art facilities and processes to ensure safety and treatment of gaseous, liquid and solid pollutants.

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Source: AkzoNobel
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