Under the terms of the deal, AkzoNobel will progressively increase the use of Solvay's bio-based epichlorohydrin, or Epicerol, which is already contained in many of the company's resins for its coatings products. The agreement underlines the commitment of both parties to play a key role in sustainable development and expand the use of renewable raw materials.
Developed and patented by international chemical group Solvay, Epicerol is the process used to produce bio-based epichlorohydrin from renewable glycerol. Epicerol has a substantially lower carbon footprint compared with most fossil-produced epichlorohydrin, according to the company. By 2016, AkzoNobel aims to source 20 percent of its total epichlorohydrin demand as bio-based material.
New to this type of agreement is the partnership model between two chemical groups on the one hand, and their suppliers and customers on the other. It builds on a supply agreement for renewable solvents which both companies announced three months ago, with the project outlined to take more than three years of collaborative work in the value chain, starting immediately.
Epichlorohydrin is a chemical intermediate to make epoxy resins, which are base ingredients for certain coatings. AkzoNobel and Solvay will work closely with their respective suppliers and customers to facilitate the use of Epicerol to produce AkzoNobel's resins, and ensure this is done in a verifiable manner and according to the highest current sustainability standards.