26 May 2010
Specialty chemicals company Perstorp is the world’s largest supplier of caprolactone monomer and derivative polycaprolactones, and the company is now investing to double production capacity at their Warrington, UK site. The caprolactones, together with Perstorp’s isocyanate range for polyurethanes and crosslinkers, is now presented to the Chinese market at PU China 2010 in Shenzhen.
The market for caprolactones technology is growing rapidly, in China as well as in other regions, and Perstorp’s significant investment to double production capacity is a direct response to the huge market demand, which is increasing by 4-5% per year, and supports customers with future proof of supply. This investment is key to securing the future of the global caprolactones industry and ensuring reliable supply for formulators who are already using or interested in exploring caprolactones technology in their applications.
“Our investment in a doubled capacity for caprolactones has continued throughout the global economic recession,” Perstorp 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. Our Capa® caprolactones complement our portfolio of special polyols perfectly and give our customers an edge in spearheading the development of new products and applications.”
The project to double the capacity of the UK production site is progressing ahead of schedule, with capacity increase to be fully on stream in 2011.
Capa® polycaprolactones are specialty polyester polyols that are typically used as the soft segment component in a wide range of high performance polyurethane CASE applications, such as PUDs for wood and leather coatings, cast elastomers, TPUs, and protective coatings, solvent, water-based and 2K systems for chemical protection for steel and flooring applications.
The full Perstorp offer for the polyurethane market in China is presented at PU China 2010 in Shenzhen. Besides the range of Capa® products, the Tolonate® aliphatic isocyanates for light-stable end products and Scuranate® TDI monomers for higher performance and consistent end properties will be presented, along with specialty chain-extenders for improving transparency in cast elastomers and cross-linkers to boost hardness in low-density foams.