Stepan Company to expand polyester polyol facility in Poland

US-based specialty and intermediate chemicals manufacturer Stepan Company is planning to expand its polyester polyol facility in Brzeg Dolny, Poland.

As part of the expansion, a new reactor will be added to the facility.

The expansion will be carried out to support Stepan's growth in the coatings adhesives sealants and elastomers (CASE) business for its European customers.

Stepan Company Europe polymers vice-president Roger Stubbs said: "The completion of this expansion to our facilities in Poland marks a significant milestone in our growth story within the European polyester polyol industry.

"Commitment to these plans by Stepan is an endorsement of our growth strategy. Together with manufacturing and technical centres in the Americas and Asia, Stepan is one of the leading suppliers of Polyester Polyols around the world.

"Stepan is one of the leading suppliers of Polyester Polyols around the world."

"By utilising Stepan's expertise in polyester chemistry and by bringing a focus to innovation and technical service, we are committed to further meet the demands of our global and regional customers now and in the future.

"We believe our unique chemistry, processing and consistent quality, combined with our dedicated technical service, gives us a truly differentiated position, which adds real value to our customers."

The company also had finished its project to relocate its European R&D and technical service centre to new laboratories located in Wroclaw, Poland.

The newly expanded facilities will serve Stepan's business in insulation foams and various CASE activities.

As well as accommodating the company's own team of scientists, the expanded facilities will also add various test and production equipment to support the company's customers.

Meanwhile, last month, the company announced its plans to close down its Longford Mills, Canada facility.

The closure will completed by the end of this year and result in a loss of around 30 employees.