Maastricht, the Netherlands – Perstorp’s ceo Jan Secher discussed the company’s development of its polyurethane production capability and future strategy on the sidelines of UTECH Europe 2015.
Revealing investment in excess of SEK900m (EUR100m), Secher said the firm’s second line at its Warrington UK site had benefited from a new pilot plant which, said Secher, allows the firm to work closely with customers when developing new products.
Secher also said Perstorp's investment in the new oxo plant in Stenugsund, Sweden "is the single largest investment in the history of the company.”
“The chemistry industry tends to be rather inside out,” he said. “You have your solution and so you go out looking for the problem. In my world, it works the other way round.”
Secher, who joined the firm around 18 month ago, said Perstorp is positive about future growth. He said 60% of its business is within Europe, with 40% of business split evenly between the US and Asia.
He said the firm had also promoted its replacements for DOP - a technology that has been subject to REACH regulatory change - at UTECH 2015.
UTECH 2015 had also been used as a launchpad for three new diols and one triol, part of Perstorp's Capa Lactide copolyols range, said Secher.
The company, which is based in Malmo, Sweden, believe that the new range allows PU formulators to create high performance products with reduced carbon footprints.
Capa Lactides in the new 8000 Series are liquid polyols produced by copolymerising Perstorp’s Capa caprolactone with renewable lactide monomers and, depending on grade, they have up to 50% renewable content, said the company.
According to Joel Neale, project manager innovation at Perstorp, they have the same quality and consistency as Capa caprolactone polyols. “They are made using a new polymer chemistry unique to Perstorp, and they have been specifically developed to enable formulators to fine-tune performance properties,” he said.