AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, a leading supplier of collectors and mineral coating agents for the mining industry, today announced plans to invest in the growth and continued operational excellence of its fatty amines manufacturing plant in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. This investment is being made to support the substantial growth by its potash-producing customers. AkzoNobel’s fatty amines and derivatives are used for the flotation of potash ores and anticaking of potash minerals during manufacturing.
“Our Saskatoon plant is ideally suited to service the potash industry, particularly in the Saskatchewan basin, one of the largest permit areas for potash exploration in the world,” says Gerry Labelle, Business Director for Performance Applications at AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry. Canada is the top potash-producing country in the world, followed by Russia, Belarus, Germany and the United States. “The new investment in our plant is part of our long-term commitment to support our customers’ growing development needs with the capabilities they have long relied upon: our consistent quality, responsiveness and on-time deliveries,” says Bob Margevich, Managing Director for AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry business unit. “We will maintain our leadership as a supplier to the potash industry by continuing to fulfill and exceed our customers’ expectations.” AkzoNobel’s fatty amines product lines include: Armeen®, Armoflote®, Atrac®, Berol®, Ethomeen® and Lilaflot®.