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New Chemicals Plant Inaugurated

A new HPLC silica product facility has been officially opened in Sweden by Akzo Nobel's Pulp and Paper Chemicals businsess, Eka Chemicals.

A new plant for the production of HPLC silica product, Kromasil®, has been inaugurated in Sweden by Akzo Nobel’s Pulp and Paper Chemicals business, Eka Chemicals.

The EUR 12 million facility, located at the Eka Chemicals headquarters in Bohus, was officially opened by the regional governor, Göte Bernhardsson, and Dag Strömqvist, the Akzo Nobel Board Member responsible for the Chemicals Group.

HPLC silica is a separation product used, on production scale, to purify pharmaceutical substances such as insulin and the new plant will treble the production capacity at Bohus.

Kromasil, which is used both on laboratory scale for chromatographic purposes and for chromatographic separation in the production of drug substances, has been the worldwide leading chromatographic silica for industrial use for a number of years.

Akzo Nobel expects demand for the product—which has increased 20 to 25 percent annually—to increase even further during the next few years.

(Released: May 21, 2002)