Products and markets
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.
- Channel Industrial Mutual Aid (CIMA) – American Acryl coordinates with other chemical companies in the area to prepare for and respond to natural disasters or accidents.
- Community Advisory Panel (BAYCAP) – local Bayport chemical companies work together with local area residents and businesses to provide education about our safety programs, answer questions and address concerns on a monthly basis.
- Local Emergency Planning Committee – American Acryl works closely with local first responders to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
- East Harris County Manufacturing Association (EHCMA) – an association of local businesses that cooperate to improve emergency communications and community relations.
- Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
- Member of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP)
- Member of the Houston Economic Alliance
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.
Last updated: July 2021