Nouryon Opens New China Production Facility


To meet increasing demand in the Asia region for polymers used in the packaging, paints and coatings and construction end-markets, global specialty chemicals company Nouryon has recently launched production at a new manufacturing facility.

Located in Ningbo, China, the new facility began development in 2020 and has an annual capacity of 35,000 tons. The facility will produce two key intermediates: tert-Butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP); and tert-Butyl alcohol (TBA)—which are essential ingredients in the production of polymers and composites.

“Nouryon is pleased to further support our customers across Asia now that operations are up and running at our new China facility,” said Alain Rynwalt, Vice President of Polymer Specialties at Nouryon. “This investment supports Nouryon’s commitment to meet the growing needs of our customers in the region for products such as safe and hygienic food packaging, paint resins and PVC pipes.”

Nouryon’s Ningbo site is comprised of six manufacturing facilities that produce chelating agents, organic peroxides, ethylene amines, cellulose ethers and surfactants. In Asia, Nouryon produces organic peroxides in Ningbo and Tianjin, China; Asa, Japan; and Mahad, India.

“Nouryon is the market leader in Polymer Specialties because of our technology leadership, innovation focus and our global manufacturing footprint,” said Johan Landfors, Executive Vice President and President of Technology Solutions at Nouryon. “This facility allows Nouryon to further strengthen the reliability of our regional supply of organic peroxides in Asia.”

Sobers Sethi, Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets and China at Nouryon, added, “Asia is a key region for Nouryon and the Ningbo site plays a pivotal role in achieving our growth targets. The investment in this new facility underlines our strategy of strengthening our presence in attractive high-growth markets.”

Other Recent Company News

Earlier this year, in May, Nouryon announced its intensions to spin out its base chemicals business, Nobian, into a separate company that will still be owned by the equity owners of Nouryon, The Carlyle Group and GIC.

The separation is expected to be completed by early in the third quarter following the receipt of all relevant approvals, including final Board approval.

Nouryon says that, once completed, the transaction will result in two separate companies positioned for growth in their respective focus areas:

  • Nouryon, which aims to provide sustainable solutions for manufacturing everyday products, including paints and coatings and building products. The company employs about 7,900 people (excluding Nobian) in over 80 countries and had revenues in 2020 of 3.7 billion euros.
  • Nobian, which produces essential base chemicals for industries ranging from construction to water treatment. The company employs about 1,600 people and had revenues in 2020 of 1 billion euros.

The news followed the company’s announcement to rename its wholly-owned Industrial Chemicals business to Nobian. According to Nouryon, the change was in support of its global growth and branding strategy, which allows Nobian to develop its integrated European value chain for essential base chemicals under its own name and brand while Nouryon continues to focus on growing its position in global specialty chemicals.

The Nobian brand was slated to be introduced through a phased approach over the next several months, starting with the launch of a new website. Nobain produces salt, chlor-alkali and chloromethanes, which are essential in the manufacture of disinfectants, lightweight durable plastics, aluminums, pharmaceuticals and more.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Business operations; Coating Materials; Coatings; Coatings manufacturers; Coatings raw materials manufacturers; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; Manufacturing Plant; North America; Nouryon; Polymers; Raw materials; Z-Continents

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