Organic peroxides: an essential ingredient for everyday life

You can see and feel the effects of our organic peroxides everywhere, from the soles of your running shoes to the packaging that keeps your food fresh and even the buttons on your shirt. They are essential ingredients in these and many other polymer products, helping to make them, improve their properties, and make them easier to process or recycle.

Starting with the bleaching of flour in the 1920s, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has grown to become a leading global producer of organic peroxides. Today these products are essential for the thermoplastic, composite, and rubber industries. Companies all over the world depend on our organic peroxides and we are able to meet their needs thanks to our global manufacturing, R&D, technical support, and distribution network.

Our extensive expertise and work with organic peroxides enables us to produce pioneering innovations within the polymer industry. For example, we recently developed a technology called Continuous Initiator Dosing (CiD) technology which enables manufacturers to fully control and optimize the production of PVC. In the process it brings the industry economic, operational, quality, safety, and environmental advantages.

Growing with our customers
Thanks to the essential nature of the products they end up in, demand for polymers continues to increase. In turn, we have been working hard to increase supplies of organic peroxides so we can support the growth of our customers in the polymer industry.

In our latest project, we are investing more than €12 million to upgrade and expand the capacity of our organic peroxides facility in Los Reyes, Mexico. The project involves the construction of a new facility to make Perkadox organic peroxides. These are sold primarily to the thermoset market, where AkzoNobel is a global market leader.

The investment at our Los Reyes site is the latest in a series of recent investments. In total we have invested over €100 million in the last three years to better serve our customers in the polymer industry, upgrading technologies, increasing capacity, and repositioning our global manufacturing footprint in line with the growth dynamics of the polymer industry.

In January 2017, we finalized a €22 million expansion for Laurox organic peroxides, which are used for acrylic resin and polymer production.

Then in May 2017 we completed another project at Los Reyes that increased overall capacity in North America for Trigonox organic peroxides by 40%. Trigonox products are used for manufacturing plastics like PVC, polyethylene, acrylics, and styrenics, as well as for the curing and crosslinking of polymers.

In Ningbo, China, we recently boosted capacity of Perkadox BC-FF organic peroxides by 40% and we are working on a project that will raise capacity by a further 50%. This type of organic peroxide is predominantly used to crosslink rubbers and polyethylene. AkzoNobel is also building a new organic peroxides plant in Tianjin, ensuring the company’s long-term commitment to the industry in China.