Issue Date: June 13, 2011
AkzoNobel Invests In TiO2
Seeking to back-integrate into the white pigment that it needs for its paint production, AkzoNobel is forming a titanium dioxide partnership with Guangxi CAVA Titanium Industry Co. The companies plan to build a 100,000-metric-ton-per-year TiO2 plant in Qinzhou, China, by early 2014. “By entering into this partnership with CAVA, we will enhance security of supply in Asia for a critical raw material,” says Werner Fuhrmann, who leads supply chain and sourcing for AkzoNobel. The world’s largest TiO2 producer, DuPont, has planned to build a large TiO2 plant in China since 2005, although it hasn’t begun construction.
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