Part of our commitment to a sustainable future is our continued efforts to improve our manufacturing footprint and do more with less. In Brazil, our innovative Chemical Island model contributes to a lower carbon and manufacturing footprint for some of the world’s most essential paper products which include packaging, tissue, diapers, kitchen towel, and printing and writing paper.
Our Chemical Island are state-of-the-art facilities located right next to a customer's pulp mill, often inside the perimeter fence. Our customers benefit from a tried, tested and successful concept managed and operated – on site, 24/7 – by our experts who ensure consistent production and delivery of chemicals needed to operate the mill. At a typical Chemical Island, we manufacture sodium chlorate and generate chlorine dioxide that is then pumped directly to a pulp mill; depending on the individual customers' needs, we can also manage all the logistics for the other chemicals required for their pulp mill operation.
The Chemical Island model contributes to the circular economy within each partner’s value chain. Modern pulp mills normally generate excess utilities (e.g., electricity and steam from the pulping process) that can be used in other manufacturing processes. Powered by renewable biomass generated by the pulp partner, Nouryon’s Chemical Island effectively reduces the carbon footprint for operations while simultaneously producing chemicals more efficiently. On-site sodium chlorate production also reduces transportation requirements. The combined result is an efficient, safe, and sustainable production and delivery of bleaching chemicals, while reducing environmental impact and providing socio-environmental opportunities.