Specialty Chemicals

We supply customers around the world with ingredients for the manufacture of life’s essentials. Specialty chemicals are used in paints, detergents, foods, plastics, cosmetics, construction, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, electronics, agriculture and for producing petroleum products.

Our products can be used in a variety of ways. For example, as basic building blocks of manufactured products, in the processing of raw materials, as intermediates used to produce finished goods, or they may be used to enhance the functionality and durability of manufactured products.

You’ll find us in the food you eat, the buildings you live and work in, the vehicles and roads you use to move around, as well as everyday items such as paper products and your children’s toys.

Main business operations

Ethylene and Sulfur Derivatives
Produces and supplies a variety of specialty chemicals to the Building and Construction, Transportation, Consumer Goods and Industrial segments 

Industrial Chemicals
Our Industrial Chemicals business creates essentials for daily life 

Polymer Chemistry
AkzoNobel Polymer Chemistry is one of the world's leading suppliers of organic peroxides, reactor additives, organometallics and polymer additives 

Pulp and Performance Chemicals
Our Pulp and Performance Chemicals business has long been supplying industries worldwide 

Surface Chemistry
Our Surface Chemistry business makes surface-active agents that are used in everything from asphalt and agro chemicals to paint and personal care products.

Proposed separation of AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals

On March 9, AkzoNobel announced a review of strategic options for the separation of its Specialty Chemicals business and a rejection of unsolicited indicative proposals from PPG.

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