NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — January 8, 2015 — Akcros Chemicals Inc. today announced the successful startup of isothiazolone-based biocide solid carriers manufacturing for the global market at its New Brunswick facility, capping off a more than $1 million dollar investment designed to bring customers enhanced quality control, regulatory approvals and reliability of supply for INTERCIDE™ biocides in pellet form.
Last year, Akcros Chemicals and Dow Microbial Control, a business of The Dow Chemical Co., extended their strategic relationship for biocides for plastics applications on a global basis. Under this agreement, Dow Microbial Control transferred manufacturing equipment and provided Akcros with additional expertise to manufacture an enhanced line of Isothiazolone based solid carriers for protection of polymers. These products, previously under the Dow VINYZENE™ Biocide tradename now will be manufactured in New Brunswick as part of the Intercide biocide product line for polymers and brought to market by Akcros Chemicals. Intercide customers now are offered a continuing, high quality, reliable source of supply and a supply partner dedicated to bringing effective biocide technology to the plastics market in an easy to use solid pellet form.
According to Vini Shah, Biocide Product Manager, the Intercide isothiazolone product line manufactured at the New Jersey site consists of OIT and DCOIT active biocide in both liquid and now solid polymer carriers. The products are typically used in the construction & home goods markets to inhibit the growth of harmful micro-organisms on flexible PVC products. Production of the solid biocides at the New Brunswick, NJ plant will enhance control over quality of the product, ease of EPA/ BPR/ Canadian approvals & consistent supply.
“The installation and startup of the in-house production of solid biocide shows our commitment to the New Brunswick plant and employees as well as our push for more sustainable, environmentally friendly biocide products” said George Turk, New Brunswick Plant Manager. “With our New Brunswick based Supply Chain and Customer Service, and comprehensive Distribution Channels, we will be able to service the global market efficiently.”
Posted January 16, 2015
Source: Akcros Chemicals