AkzoNobel is a fortune 500 company and world’s largest paints and coatings company and a world leading chemicals producer. AkzoNobel holds the number one position in the prestigious Dow Jones sustainability index. It has Eur 14.3 billion revenue and 47,200employees from which around over 7000 in China.
AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals B.V. is a business unit of AkzoNobel. It produces and markets salt and energy, chlor-alkali products and derivatives like monochloroacetic acid (MCA) and metal salts. It is Europe’s largest producer of vacuum salt and a leading supplier of chlorine, caustic lye, hydrochloric acid and MCA. In the integral vacuum salt and chlor-alkali value chain ANIC is seen by their peers as technology leader and it has the most energy efficient vacuum salt and chlor-alkali plants in the world. It has many (patented) technologies, world class R&D facilities and R&D partnerships with the leading membrane electrolysis companies. ANIC employs approximately 1,800 people. Industrial Chemicals has production sites at Rotterdam, Hengelo and Delfzijl in the Netherlands, Ibbenbüren, Frankfurt and Bitterfeld in Germany, Mariager in Denmark, LeMoyne in the USA and Taixing in China. The business is headquartered in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Industrial Chemicals consists of four sub Business Units (sBU). One of the sBU’s is Chlor-Alkali.The sBU Chlor-Alkali has a leading position in northwestern Europe for chlorine and caustic lye. Chlorine finds application in EDC/PVC, epoxies, polyurethanes, phosphorus compounds, caustic is used in a large number of processes in the chemical, pulp and paper, textile, food and mineral industries and hydrogen is used in several chemical applications and used as fuel. AkzoNobel has been involved in the development of Fuel Cells from the beginning of the nighties and since 2007 a 70 KWe demonstration PEM fuel cell plant has been operated successfully.