The Acrylics Business Unit is structured into three lines: acrylic acid and acrylic esters, methacrylate and specialties, and oxo alcohol, phthalics and plasticizers.
Acrylics has six production plants—four in France, in Carling, Lavéra, Chauny and Villers-Saint-Paul; two in Italy, in Rho and Porto Marghera; and two in the United States, in Texas.
Manufactured and Marketed Products
Acrylic monomers, marketed under the Norsocryl® brand, are used to formulate flocculants, dispersants, detergents, paints, inks, glues and adhesives, plastics, acrylic fibers and products for the leather and paper industries.
Superabsorbent polymers (Aquakeep®, Norsocryl®) are used in the personal hygiene and medical fields and in industrial applications.
Methyl methacrylate (MMA) is the monomer of PMMA. It is also used in paints, varnishes, coatings, the leather industry and additives.
The cationic acrylic monomers marketed under the Adame®, Adamquat® and Madquat® brands are used as dispersants and flocculants in water treatment.
Acrylic derivatives specialty and methacrylics, marketed under the Norsocryl® brand, are widely used in coatings, paints, glues, adhesives and inks and to formulate a large number of polymer materials.
Diacids, primarily phthalic anhydride, are used to make polyester resins and alkyls for paints and varnishes, to produce phthalate plasticizers and in the construction, automotive and food industries.
Oxo alcohols, mainly butanol and 2-ethyl hexanol, are used to make acrylic esters, formulate lubricants, plasticizers and diesel additives and in paint and varnish applications.
Phthalates (Garbeflex®) are plasticizing additives for PVC