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36 years

...and still expanding.

Expancel Microspheres
 

The history of Expancel Microspheres started with a slightly wild idea in the middle of the 70s, that with innovation and entrepreneurship turned into a very useful product. Today this very successful multi-performance additive is used both as a lightweight filler and as a blowing agent in numerous applications around the world.

Here are some of the milestones over the years.

1980
In September, the first order of Expancel Microspheres is shipped.

1988 
Our first office for the Expancel business in the USA is established and is later followed by a production unit.

1991
High temperature microspheres are launched on the market.

1994
Akzo and Nobel Industries, where Expancel was a part, merge to form AkzoNobel.

2005
Fourth generation of Expancel Microspheres is introduced on the market.

2009
Start up of Expancel production in China.

2011
We introduce our food contact grades.

2013
Opening of an expanded production plant for Expancel in Sundsvall, Sweden.

2014
Opening of a sales office in Japan.

2015
Production of Expancel starts in Brazil.