By Richard Higgs, European Plastics News correspondent
London -- German-owned Polish chemicals company PCC Rokita has expanded its production of polyols, the polyurethane foams base material, at its main site of Brzeg Dolny in Lower Silesia.
PCC Rokita launched the fourth polyols line at the chemicals complex near Wroclaw early this month. The latest production unit has an annual capacity of 30 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa,) taking the site's total output to 100 ktpa.
The Polish firm, a subsidiary of Duisburg, Germany-based PCC Group, installed the Polyols IV line with the intention of manufacturing an increasing the proportion of specialty polyols, including its Rokopol iPol and Rokipol v-tec brands.
These polyols are aimed at the production of particularly comfortable and durable PU foams for the furniture and mattress industries.
PCC Rokita makes mainly polyether polyols used in hard and flexible foams employed in both the automotive and furniture industries. It extended its output of the Rokopol iPol products two years ago when it launched a new facility in April 2010.
PCC Rokita recorded a substantially increased net profit for 2011 of Euro 12.6 million ($16.7 million) on annual sales turnover of Euro 288 million, 30 percent up on the previous year's result.
PCC Group's chemicals division has a leading European market position, particularly in Central Europe in chemical segments including chlorine, surfactants, phosphorus derivatives and bisphenol-A, as well as for polyols. It is also a minority shareholder in the ailing state-owned Romanian chemical company Oltchim.
The German group also has divisions specialising in energy and power plant development as well as in intermodal freight transport and road transport and forwarding services.