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Sekab invests SEK 100 million to expand green chemical production capacity

Swedish advanced biofuels and biochemicals process developer Sekab has announced that it is investing SEK 100 million (≈ EUR 9.95 million) to increase green chemical production capacity at its facility in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The new facility will be in place at the end of 2022.

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Sekab is investing SEK 100 million (≈ EUR 9.95 million) to increase green chemical production capacity at its facility in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The new facility will be in place at the end of 2022. Mikael Fränckel (left) CEO, and Emil Källström, VP of Strategic Business Development, Sekab Biofuels & Chemicals (photo courtesy Sekab).

Sekab is now expanding its production facility for biofuels and chemicals in Örnsköldsvik with, among other things, a new gas combustion boiler and increased storage capacity for acetum.

The investment is made in response to sharply increased demand for sustainable alternatives to fossil products.

We help our customers and our customers’ customers to become greener, and now we will be able to contribute even more to a more sustainable path forward. We see great interest among industrial players who want to switch from fossil to renewable. We are currently forced to turn down customers asking for our green products. This is an important step in increasing our profitability and our range of green chemicals, said Mikael Fränckel, CEO of Sekab.

The investment permits Sekab to increase its production of sustainable chemicals for industrial use by more than 30 percent and amounts to more than SEK 100 million (≈ EUR 9.95 million). With its green profile, the investment stands out in an industry strongly dependent on fossil raw materials.

Many everyday products, such as nappies, cosmetics, and cleaning products, still contain chemicals made from fossil raw materials such as oil. The chemical industry must increase its pace of change, and we at Sekab want to lead this progress. We will now be able to supply even more green chemicals, said Emil Källström, VP of Strategic Business Development at Sekab.

The expanded plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022. Then, Sekab will be able to supply even more renewable chemicals such as acetaldehyde, ethyl acetate, and acetic acid.

Since Sekab’s chemicals are the building blocks of many other products, this investment makes an important contribution to increased sustainability for companies in several different industries.

Today we are one of the few chemical companies in the world that can provide the production of green chemicals produced from both fossil-free raw materials and using green input energy. We are now taking a big step, but both Sekab and the industry as a whole need to level up even more moving forward. If we are to transform the industry from fossil to renewable, the demand for green inputs will be massive. This is the business opportunity we are now acting on, ended Mikael Fränckel.

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