12 March 2013 12:36 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Solvay said on Tuesday that it is to collaborate with AkzoNobel to “significantly increase” the usage of renewable raw materials and bio-based chemicals within the France-based chemicals company’s paints and coatings.
The first partnership of its kind for AkzoNobel, the agreement concerns the incorporation of bio-butanol, bio-acetone and associated derivatives into the company’s products, as well as the Solvay Coatis Augeo renewable materials-based solvent range.
The collaboration is expected to begin in the second quarter of the year, and will last for over two years, Solvay said. The first formulations are being tested in Brazil, and will be marketed globally, the Belgium-based chemicals company added. Solvent volumes of up to 10 kilotonnes/year are targeted for 2017.
“We are looking for innovation in our supply chain,” said Keith Gater, AkzoNobel’s global purchasing director for solvents.
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