Akzo Nobel invests in Swedish factory

Akzo Nobel is investing an undisclosed amount in its Industrial Products plant in Stockviksverken, Sweden, which will be used to increase the production capacity of Expancel® expandable microspheres. The product has various uses in numerous applications, such as acting as a lightweight filler (tennis balls and shoe soles) and increasing friction (anti-slip coatings).
Expancel microspheres are small, spherical plastic particles consisting of a polymer shell encapsulating a gas. When the gas inside the shell is heated, it increases in pressure and the thermoplastic shell softens, resulting in a dramatic increase in the volume of the microspheres.
One of the product’s biggest applications is in printing inks, but it is also used as a paint additive, in paper and board production, wallpaper production and in many other applications where improved properties and/or a lightweight filler is needed.
CONTACT (Akzo): John de Munnik, media, +31 26 366 4343

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