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At American Acryl, acrylic acid is produced by reacting propylene (a product available from nearby petroleum refineries) with oxygen in the air under tightly controlled conditions. The plant runs year-round on a 24-hour schedule. Some of the acrylic acids are consumed onsite as a feedstock for NAII and Arkema, and some are shipped to other customers. Acrylic acid is used to manufacture numerous personal care and household items such as hand lotion, detergent, shampoo, acrylic yarn, and water-based acrylic paints.

Arkema owns a unit at the site that uses acrylic acid to produce 2-ethylhexylacrylate (2EHA). NAII owns and operates a unit at the site that produces super-absorbent polymer (SAP) from acrylic acid. SAP is the absorbent material inside disposable diapers.

Community involvement

Last updated: May 2020

Arkema Common Ground® program

The Arkema Group, through its Common Ground® program, is committed to building relationships between our Company and its communities. Community relations enable the Group to open up its sites to the outside world and establish genuine relations of trust with all its stakeholders.

Bayport Nippon Shokubai America Industries

About NAII

Nippon Shokubai America Industries, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of super absorbent polymers for baby diapers, water-soluble polymers for detergents and polymers for concrete admixture. It also provides technical liaison and business development solutions. The company was founded in 1988 and was originally based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In June 2012, NAII relocated its super absorbent polymer operation and its NAII corporate offices to the Houston area at a site next to the American Acryl plant. NAII operates as a subsidiary of Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd.