Mumbai – Britas Polymers (BPPL) is building its third prepolymer system house in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. BPPL is investing approximately $4m in the upcoming site at Sayakha (Bharuch) in Gujarat. The plant spreads over a 10,000m2 plot and an additional area of 10,000m2 is also under consideration for future expansion.
“The upcoming site at Sayakha is the biggest with capacity of producing 18,000 tons per annum [18kt] of prepolymers annually, The construction has already commenced and the third system house would likely to be operational by the end of 2024,” said Vasant Gori, director, Britas Polymers.
The Sayakha site is strategically located near Dahej, a key industrial and port city in the region which hosts a major chemical and petrochemical hub. The company says its new facility will have dedicated reactors for prepolymer production, better infrastructure and greater automation.
The investment in this third system house is designed to cater for growing sectors in the region including automotive (expected to grow at CAGR of 8%), insulation and CASE applications (growing at around 15% annually).
Mumbai-headquartered BPPL operates two existing sites in Sarigam (Valsad) and Himatnagar (Sabarkantha) having capacities of 7kt and 11kt/pa respectively. BPPL was established in 2009 for trading in basic and specialty chemical. It built its first system house in Sarigam in 2014, with the Himatnagar site beginning production in mid-2022.
Both existing sites produce isocyanates, polyols and a range of PU additives for applications in automotive interiors, rebonded foam, rigid polyurethane systems (for building insulation, HVAC, thermoware and solar panels) and CASE.
“The Sarigam plant produces modified isocyanates and blended polyols. Himatnagar is dedicated to polyol [production]. And the new plant will produce the whole product range,” said Gori.
Britas exports between 30-40% of its production to the markets of the Middle East, SE Asia and Africa.