By Richard Higgs, Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Turnhout, Belgium -- Belgian polyurethane foams producer Soudal NV.is investing more than Euro 10.7 million ($13 million) to construct a new manufacturing plant in Pionki, Poland.
The 8000 sq.m unit is due to start production by March 2009 and will produce a range of polyurethane foams and silicone compounds aimed at the construction, manufacturing and the do-it-yourself sectors.
Its main target markets will be in Poland and those of other eastern European countries.
The firm originally set up its main regional sales office in Czastkow Mazowiecki, near Warsaw, to capitalise on the emerging eastern European market in 1996.
Turnhout, Belgium-based Soudal's latest operation is being built on a 43 000 sq.m site in the Tarnobrzeg special economic zone in Pionki. When fully up and running it will have a 100-strong workforce.
Soudal, which specialises in sealants, adhesives, car body repair products and foams, was formed in 1981. In 1992 it bought out its rival company Ayrton SA in France and in 1997, acquired the Finished Buildings and Construction Silicones business of Bayer Group offshoot BAVG in Leverkusen, Germany.
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