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Perstorp Expands Production Capacity of Caprolactones in UK

Published on 2010-10-12. Author : SpecialChem

Leading specialty chemicals company Perstorp is the world's largest supplier of caprolactones and its derivatives. The company's current significant investment to double the production capacity of their Warrington, UK site is on track to reach mechanical completion by the end of the year and begin commissioning in early 2011. The full capacity expansion is expected be on stream in the summer of 2011.

The market for caprolactone-based technology is growing rapidly and Perstorp's significant investment to double production capacity is a direct response to the significant market demand, which is increasing by >5% per year.

This investment is key to securing the future of the caprolactones industry and ensuring reliable supply for formulators who are already using or interested in exploring caprolactone-based technology in their applications.

"Our investment in a doubled capacity for caprolactones has continued throughout the global economic recession," Vice President of Caprolactones Mårten Olausson comments. "We have a strong belief in the future of the Capa® product range and are committed to supporting and developing the caprolactone market."

In polyurethane applications where performance is the key differentiating factor, Perstorp's Capa® caprolactones present an attractive alternative for improving properties and end-product quality in many coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers applications. Capa® polycaprolactones allow formulators to tailor even more precise properties in their end products. They also possess low viscosity, resulting in improved processability and lower VOC levels. They are especially used in applications such as injection grade TPUs, PUD synthesis, cast elastomers, reactive hot-melt adhesives and light stable flexible coatings for leather and many other substrates.

"We are investing heavily in our Capa® caprolactones and predict a bright future for these products that complement our portfolio of special polyols perfectly and give our customers an edge in spearheading the development of new products and applications," Olausson adds.

Meet Perstorp at UTECH NA, October 11-13 at The George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas, USA, at stand No. 410.

About Perstorp Group:

The Perstorp Group is the world leader in several sectors of the specialty chemicals market for a wide variety of industries and applications. The products are used in the aerospace, marine, coatings, chemicals, plastics, engineering and construction industries.They can also be found in automotive, agricultural feed, food, packaging, textile, paper and electronics applications. Perstorp has approximately 2,200 employees and manufacturing units in eleven countries in Asia, Europe and North America. Sales in last twelve months amounted to more than SEK 13 billion. By the end of 2005 the Perstorp Group was acquired by Perstorp Holding AB, controlled by the French private equity company PAI partners.

Source: Perstorp Group

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