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Akzo Nobel NV: AkzoNobel officially opens Imperatriz Chemical Island in Brazil

AkzoNobel's new €80 million Imperatriz Chemical Island in Brazil is now
operational and has started supplying the Suzano Maranhão Pulp Mill in
northern Brazil.

Operated by the company's Pulp and Performance Chemicals business, the
state-of-the-art Imperatriz facility represents AkzoNobel's second major
investment in the Brazilian Pulp Industry within a two-year time frame. It
will supply, store and handle all chemicals for the 1.5 million tons per year
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 member of the Executive
Committee responsible for Specialty Chemicals. "This investment strengthens
our leading position in Bleaching Chemicals", added Niek Stapel, Managing
Director, AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals. "Being our fourth
Chemical Island in this region, it emphasizes our long-term commitment to
this increasingly important market."

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 marketplace.

Volnei Hilbert, Industrial Manager at Suzano Papel e Celulose Maranhão
commented: "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."

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 Eunápolis, Jupiá and Três Lagoas sites respectively. The
company also operates production units in Jacareí, Jundiaí, and Rio de

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AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer
of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with
innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers
for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux,
Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of
sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people
around the world are committed to delivering leading products and
technologies to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world.

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AkzoNobel news release Imperatriz Brazil


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Source: Akzo Nobel NV via Globenewswire


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