Madrid – Spanish petrochemicals giant Repsol has invested over €18 million in its polyol plant in Tarragona. The plant, part of Repsol’s industrial complex in the port city in north-east Spain, produces the company’s Alcupol range of polymeric polyols.
Repsol says the investment shows commitment to the needs of customers in the flexible PU industry, particularly manufacturers of car seats, mattresses and furniture. The company says the investment will maximise production capacity while also allowing for an extended range of high added value products.
The principal investment is in a second reactor at the existing polymeric polymers plant. Work on the reactor began last April, with commissioning scheduled for Q4 2023.
The new plant will use process optimisation technology developed by scientists at Repsol’s Technology Lab which, the company claims, will improve the hardness and tensile properties of the foams, to meet the demands of premium applications.
Antonio Portela, director of the intermediate products business unit at Repsol’s chemicals executive division, said: ‘Repsol’s commitment to offering solutions to our customers and the polyurethane industry continues to be our main motivation.’