AkzoNobel's new 80 million Imperatriz "chemical island"
in Brazil is now operational and has started supplying the
Suzano Maranhao Pulp Mill in northern Brazil, officials said
Operated by the company's pulp and performance chemicals
business, the Imperatriz facility represents AkzoNobel's
second major investment in the Brazilian pulp industry in the
last two years.
It will supply, store and handle all chemicals for the 1.5
million tpy Suzano mill under an agreement which runs for the
next 15 years.
"AkzoNobel is proud to be involved in this prestigious project
, we strive to provide
innovative and sustainable solutions that meet our customers'
operational needs," said Werner Fuhrmann, the AkzoNobel
executive committee member responsible for specialty
"This investment strengthens our leading position in
bleaching chemicals," added Niek Stapel, managing director
for AkzoNobel's pulp and performance chemicals business.
"Being our fourth chemical island in this region, it
emphasizes our long-term commitment to this increasingly
As well as providing long-term employment for around 65
people, the Imperatriz plant will play an important role in
ensuring a sustainable eucalyptus pulp supply to the global
"We are working with AkzoNobel since our plant start-up; they
have met our expectations and we look forward to developing
our strategic partnership in the future," said Volnei
Hilbert, industrial manager at Suzano Papel e Celulose
AkzoNobel has a well-established pulp and paper chemicals
operation in Brazil, where the company already operates the
chemical island concept at three pulp mills, served by the
Eunapolis, Jupia and Tres Lagoas sites respectively.
The company also operates production units in Jacarei,
Jundiai, and Rio de Janeiro.