Novi, Michigan — Toronto, Canada-based Siltech plans to start up a considerable expansion to its silicone surfactants business at the end of the first quarter of 2017, said Henry Perek, sales manager.
Perek was talking on the side-lines of foam Expo here on 2 March. Siltech, founded in 1987 and employing 130 people on two sites in Ontario, Canada plans to start up eight stainless steel 6000 gal (27 m3) capacity reactors and another 10,000 gal (38 m3) reactor for hydro silicates. The new reactors will complement the existing two 10,000 gal reactors and will enable the company to make surfactants for rigid and flexible foam, without danger of contamination between the two types, Perek said.
He added that his firm is moving into surfactants for flexible foam, while retaining its base business in rigid foam surfactants.
Perek said the 2016 had ended well and 2017 had started "with booming optimism" which are grown since November 16 onwards. He added that building owners had been delaying repairing properties until later in 2016, but were now happy to spend money.