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AkzoNobel Converts Frankfurt Chlor-alkali Plant to Membrane Technology; Hikes Capacity

5:07 AM MDT | June 20, 2011 | Natasha Alperowicz

AkzoNobel is investing €140 million ($199.8 million) in a project to convert an outdated mercury process chlor-alkali plant at Frankfurt, Germany to membrane technology. The plant will at the same time be expanded by about 50% to 250,000 m.t./year of chlorine from the current 165,000 m.t./year. Completion is expected in the fourth quarter of 2013. The project will reinforce the company's leadership positions in Europe's caustic lye and chloromethanes markets, AkzoNobel says. AkzoNobel traditionally uses Asahi Kasei's and Uhde's...

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