AkzoNobel Chemical Island starts supply to world's biggest single line pulp mill
March 7, 2013 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
AkzoNobel's new EUR90 millionJupiá Chemical Island in Brazil is now operationaland has started supplying the Eldorado Brasil Celulose pulp mill, which isthebiggest in the world.
Operated by the company's Pulp and Performance Chemicals business, thestate-of-the-art Jupiá facility represents one of AkzoNobel's largestinvestments inLatin America. It will supply, store and handle all chemicals for the 1.5million tons per year Eldorado mill under an agreement which runs for thenext15 years.
"We are very proud to be involved in such a prestigious project which marksasignificant step in AkzoNobel accelerating growth in one of its coremarkets,"said Werner Fuhrmann, member of AkzoNobel's Executive Committee,responsible forSpecialty Chemicals. "The plant's official opening also emphasizes ourcommitment to expanding our activities in one of the world's most rapidlygrowing regions", added Ruud Joosten, Managing Director of Pulp andPerformanceChemicals.
As well as providing long-term employment for around 60 people, theJupiá plantwill play an important role in ensuring a sustainable eucalyptus pulpsupply tothe global marketplace.
Jose Carlos Grubisich, CEO of Eldorado Brasil Celulose commented: "We arepleased to be working with AkzoNobel and we look forward to furtherdevelopingour strategic partnership. I am sure that our cooperation will be mutuallybeneficial."
AkzoNobel has a well-established pulp and paper chemicals operation inBrazil,where the company already operates the Chemical Island concept at severalpulpmills, as well as running production units in Jacareí, Eunápolis,Três Lagoas, Rio de Janeiro and Jundiaí.
AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a majorproducerof specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide withinnovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answersforour customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux,Sikkens,International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we areconsistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability.Withoperations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people around the worldarecommitted to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today.
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