Today, the companies said they have signed a three-year agreement where Solvay will supply refined glycerine-based epichlorohydrin (ECH) between 2013 and 2016 to AkzoNobel. Under the deal, AkzoNobel will increasingly buy volumes of glycerine-based ECH indirectly via the epoxy resins it purchases from Solvay's customers. ECH is a chemical intermediate used to make epoxy resins, which are base ingredients to certain coatings.
By 2016, AkzoNobel aims to source 20% of its total ECH demand as bio-based material. Solvay's glycerine-to-ECH process technology is marketed under the trademark Epicerol®.
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