Shenzhen, China -- SKC Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new US polyurethane systems house, 25 May at the Korean group's Covington, Georgia films plant, as reported by local newspaper the Covington News, 26 May.
The new US systems unit, expected to be operational in June, is one in a series of formulated polyol units the Korean-based propylene oxide and polyols group is setting up around the world, to supply materials for its Korean customers. These include automotive manufacturers Hyundai and Kia, and refrigerator makers such asLG Electrics and Samsung, pointed out an SKC spokesperson, at the PU China 2010 event in Shenzhen 28 May.
These companies are major users of system polyols and have plants all over the world, where they wish to use the same systems for polyurethanes that they have developed in South Korea.
Hence SKC's strategy is to set up systems units to supply these operations. It may then expand to serve other companies in the region, the spokesperson indicated.
Currently the SKC polyols business also has a systems operation in Beijing, supplying customers in China and is building one in Dzierzoniow in Poland, to supply Korean OEMs across Eastern Europe, as well as in Russia and Turkey.
A major benefit for SKC's customers is that they have access to a source of a product that has already been qualified for use in its car seats, for example, saving time and resources, the spokesperson indicated.
From its small systems units -- typically 10-15 kilotonnes-per-annum capacity -- SKC can supply a range of formulated polyols for all types of use from flexible, to rigid, to integral skin foam.