Demand for new technology drives multi-million AkzoNobel expansion

AkzoNobel is to boost capacity at one of its US sites in order to meet increasing demand from the semi-conductor industry, particularly for the production of light emitting diodes (LEDs). Financial details were not disclosed. The investment - at the company's Battleground facility in Texas - involves extending the Tri-Methyl-Aluminum (TMAL) unit and building a new Tri-Methyl- Gallium (TMG) plant - consolidating the plant's status as the largest of its kind in the world. TMAL is a feedstock for TMG, a high purity metal organic (HPMO) used in products such as LED wafer manufacturing. "The LED industry has been experiencing strong growth, well in excess of 20 percent per annum," explained Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel's Executive Committee Member responsible for Specialty Chemicals. "This investment will make production more cost-efficient and ensure that we continue supplying our customers with a highly specialized product which is playing an increasingly important role in 21(st) century technology." The global LED industry is projected to grow significantly over the next decade, driven by applications in displays such as PCs, laptops and tablet screens. The massive increase in the use of LEDs for general lighting is also expected to contribute strongly as they become the preferred source of light over incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps, due to their low energy consumption and extended lifetime. The expanded TMAL unit is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2013, while the new TMG plant will be ready in August 2014. - - - AkzoNobel is the largest 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 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today(TM). Not for publication - for more information Corporate Media Relations, Contact: Tim van der Zanden tel. +31 20 502 7833 Corporate Investor Relations, Contact: Jonathan Atack tel. +31 20 502 7854 Press release PDF file: This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Akzo Nobel NV via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1643926]