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AkzoNobel Converts Chlor-Alkali Plant to Membrane Technology

9:42 AM MDT | June 24, 2011 | —NATASHA ALPEROWICZ

AkzoNobel is investing €140 million ($201.2 million) in a project to convert an outdated mercury-process chlor-alkali plant at Frankfurt to membrane technology. The plant’s capacity will also be expanded to 250,000 m.t./year of chlorine from 165,000 m.t./year. The project, due for completion in the fourth quarter of 2013, will reinforce AkzoNobel’s leadership positions in Europe’s caustic soda and chloromethane markets, the company says. AkzoNobel traditionally uses Asahi Kasei or Uhde membrane technology and it is in the final stages of negotiations to...

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