31 March 1997 00:00 [Source: ACN]
Akzo Nobel has started construction of its carbon disulphide facility in Cikampek, near Jakarta, in Indonesia. The US$45m 40 000 tonne/year facility is expected to start up in 1999. It will use natural-gas feedstock, unlike the existing facilities in Indonesia which use charcoal. 'The net effect will be advantageous to the environment, both in terms of the spared forestry resources and emissions to air,' Akzo Nobel said. 'This investment, coupled with our earlier announcement of a US$50m investment in an Australian solar salt facility (ACN 17 Mar, p33), shows a firm strategic commitment by the company to the high-growth Asia Pacific region,' board member Rudy van der Meer said.
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