By Liz White, UT staffCastiglione, Italy-At the opening of a new installation in Italy for its sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) Dried Products business, Huntsman Performance Products also said its European surfactants business has been restructured. In this restructuring, Huntsman has combined its range of speciality surfactants and speciality amines. Huntsman Performance Products has also formed a new business group, which it said is focussed on the needs of industrial customers in markets including process additives-which covers urethane catalysts, gas treatment and speciality amines. Huntsman said other markets covered are coatings, resins and polymers, agrochemicals, fuels and lubricants (including construction, paper, metalworking and water-treatment). Huntsman Performance Products, part of Huntsman Corp., invested $8 million to install the new SLS drying technology at Castiglione, in italy. "This is a significant investment that underscores our commitment to the European surfactants industry," said Daniele Ferrari, business Vice President, in a company statement. At Castiglione, Huntsman has used wiped film technology, which it says is "much more energy efficient than the existing spray drying process" with "substantially lower emissions of waste heat into the environment."The investment is key to securing the long term viability of the SLS business and will serve not only traditional surfactants industries such as home and personal care but also provide base stocks for other key sectors including construction, coatings and polymeriSation," Ferrari added. Huntsman said it decommissioned its spray drying plants in the UK in December 2005 and will decommission the Italian spray units later this year."