Indian Producers Rely on Akzonobel Support in the Monochloroacetic Acid Production

May 23rd, 2017

An Indian chemical company Atul intends to intensify the production performance via the cooperation with global chemical leaders. In 2016 the company agreed to a joint venture with AkzoNobel for the production of chemicals and the construction of the plant in Gujarat, India. Both partners have an even equity stake for the manufacture of monochloroacetic acid (MCA) at a new facility. For Atul, AkzoNobel is a favourable partner with the advanced MCA facilities in the US, China, the Netherlands and Japan. Atul’s herbicide production (2,4-D herbicide) is mainly based on MCA. Being a leading global MCA producer, AkzoNobel will considerably contribute to the Atul development as a worldwide supplier of herbicides. The existing infrastructure of Atul together with AkzoNobel’s environmentally-green hydrogenation technology will enable the companies to launch the production in 2019. According to the start-up project, the initial capacity of the plant will be over 30,000 tonnes of MCA per year. However, the engineers are designing the facility with the perspective for future expansion and expect that annually the plant will ultimately produce over 60,000 tonnes of MCA. The joint venture will use hydrogen and chlorine provided by Atul as the base materials for MCA manufacture.
MCA is an essential element in the chemical sector which is applied in a diverse range of chemicals. MCA is widely used in the production of thickening agents for detergents, personal care, food, oil and mining products. This chemical is a popular building block in cosmetics, pharmaceutical, adhesives and stabilisers and agrochemical industries. Atul facility will provide AkzoNobel clients with MCA for these applications to the full extent.