Brzeg Dolny, Poland – PCC Rokita has announced a 40kT/year expansion plan for polyester polyol production aimed at insulation markets.
This investment continues PCC Rokita’s commitment to broadening its portfolio of PU activities, according to Sergiusz Stefanowski, director of its polyols business unit.
The first stage of the investment will see the completion of a plant with capacity of 20kT of polyester polyols, located within the existing polyols facility in Brzeg Dolny, Poland.
The firm will also add systems capacity and a preploymer unit as part of its EUR10m plans.
“We expect innovation synergies with the combining of the phosphorous and surfactant business units with the propylene oxide (PO) and polyester polyols business units,” Stefanowski said.
"Target markets will be industrial and residential insulation and one-component foams (OCF) applications," he added, continuing: "the plant location is good for markets in Western, Central and Eastern Europe. It is ideally centred for these markets."
Stefanowski said PCC Rokita currently manufactures tris(chloropropyl) phosphate (TCPP), which is used as a flame retardant in rigid and flexible polyurethane foam.
He added: “Since it our belief that TCPP use will be struck off. These changes will enable us to seek out replacements for it.”
The new plant is scheduled for completion in August 2016. The firm will be seeking to build its technical, sales and teams due to the plans, Stefanowski added.