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How did we get where we are today?


We have a long history in the supply of specialty chemicals used in the polymer production and processing industry. For almost a century we have been constantly delivering technical and product innovation. For example, in the early 1920s we discovered the use of dibenzoyl peroxide for the bleaching of flour. 

Here are some more of the highlights over the years:

1920 *
British Chemist Sutherland (Noury & Van der Lande, Deventer, the Netherlands) discovers the use of dibenzoyl peroxide for the bleaching of flour. Named Novadelox®, the new bleaching agent marks the beginning of the manufacture and application of organic peroxides.

1934 *
Construction of AkzoNobel's own Novadelox manufacturing facilities in Coswig and Emmerich, Germany. Until then benzoyl peroxide was produced by third parties.

World’s first commercial production of fatty amines in McCook, Illinois - US. Operations start as Armour & Co.


  • Construction of a carbon black manufacturing facility near Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Operations start as Ketjen Carbon, a joint venture of Ketjen and Carbot.
  • World's first large-scale production of aluminum alkyls via Ziegler technology at our La Porte, TX - USA site. Operations start as Texas Alkyls, Inc., a joint venture of Hercules and Stauffer Chemical.

Construction of a state-of-the-art organic peroxide safety laboratory in Deventer, the Netherlands.

Ketjen merges with Koninklijk Zout to form Koninklijke Zout-Ketjen (KZK).

Major expansion of process safety research in Deventer, the Netherlands.

Noury & Van der Lande is taken over by Koninklijke-Zwanenberg Organon (KZO), which merges with Koninklijke Zout-Ketjen (KZK) in 1967 and two years later with Algemene Kunstzijde Unie (AKU) to form Akzo.

1966 *
AkzoNobel becomes the first commercial producer of boron and zinc alkyls.


  • Formation of Kayaku Akzo Co. Ltd (KAC), a joint venture with Nippon Kayaku, a leading supplier of organic peroxides in Japan. Majority ownership is acquired in 2008.
  • Construction of a new organic peroxide plant near Los Reyes, Mexico. Operations start as Hexaquimia. Name is formally changed to Akzo in 1990.

First supply of ultrapure trimethylgallium (TMGa) for use in the semiconductor industry. Facilities for high purity metalorganics in La Porte, TX - USA are expanded in 1987, 1993 and 2002.

Major expansion of our safety laboratory in Deventer, the Netherlands.

Construction of a grass roots manufacturing site for organic peroxides in Pasadena, TX - USA. Major expansions follow in 1975, 1980, 1994 and 2003.

World's first commercial production of hydrocarbon-soluble dialkylmagnesium compounds for use in the polyethylene manufacture.

Completion of a major expansion in Deventer, the Netherlands, to produce organic peroxides.

With the completion of a major expansion in La Porte, TX - USA, AkzoNobel becomes a worldwide leader in the production of magnesium alkyls.

Start-up of an aluminum alkyl plant in Paulinia, Brazil. Operations start as Alkyls Do Brazil Ltda., a joint venture of Hercules and Stauffer Chemical.

Construction of a new, modern organic peroxide plant in Itupeva, Brazil to replace operations in Campo Limpo - São Paulo.

AkzoNobel forms a joint venture (Centak Chemicals Ltd.) with B.K. Birla group for the production, marketing and distribution of organic peroxides in India.


  • After the acquisitions of Stauffer Chemical's share in 1987 and Hercules' share in 1992, the names of Texas Alkyls, Inc. and Alkyls Do Brazil Ltda. are formally changed to Akzo.
  • AkzoNobel acquires full ownership of Indian joint venture Centak Chemical Ltd. and changes the name to Akzo Nobel Chemicals (India) Limited.

Akzo and Nobel Industries merge to form AkzoNobel.

Construction of a major metal alkyl manufacturing facility near Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


  • AkzoNobel opens its first organic peroxide manufacturing site in China. The plant is known as Tianjin Akzo Nobel Peroxides.
  • Construction of a 55 m3 total containment tank for performing large-scale safety tests in Deventer, the Netherlands.


  • Completion of a major expansion in La Porte, TX - USA to produce trimethylaluminum (TMAL).
  • Opening of a smaller metal alkyls facility in Tianjin, China.


  • AkzoNobel forms a worldwide joint venture with Taiwan's Coin Chemical Industrial for the production, marketing and distribution of dicumyl peroxide (DCP) and cumyl hydroperoxide (CHP).
  • FDA approval is obtained for our Trigonox® 301, an innovative organic peroxide used for the controlled degradation of polypropylene.  
  • Creation of AkzoNobel High Purity Metalorganics (HPMO) to better serve the semiconductor industry with our high purity metalorganics.

Construction of a methyl ethyl ketone peroxide plant by Keum Jung Akzo Nobel Peroxides, a joint venture with Korean Keum Jung, in Tianjin, China.


  • Acquisition of CIRS S.p.A., an Italian company that produces a wide range of antifouling agents and suspending agents.
  • Construction of a metal alkyls facility in Mahad, India.

German PVC producer Vinnolit announces use of AkzoNobel's revolutionary Continuous Initiator Dosing (CiD) technology to improve reactor output, PVC quality and operational safety.


  • Commercial production of Perkalite®, a range of unique synthetic organoclays, in Greiz - Germany.
  • Acquisition of Trigonox 101 and Perkadox PD equivalent product lines from Qiangsheng Chemicals Ltd China. 

Major expansion of production capacity for trimethyl gallium (TMGa) in La Porte, TX - USA. 

Introduction of Nouryact®, a new generation of Cobalt-free and low-Cobalt accelerators for the curing of thermoset resins. 


Launch of Armofog®, an innovative range of antifog additives for use in food packaging and agricultural films. AkzoNoblel also offers unique high performance concentrates of Armofog as easy to use cost, effective solutions.

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