Capro expansion at Poland’s ZAT enters commissioning phase

10 February 2012 13:20  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A 15,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) expansion at Poland’s Zaklady Azoty Tarnow (ZAT) has entered the commissioning phase, the company said on Friday.

The additional capacity, scheduled for a start-up at the end of February, two months beyond the original intended date, will take ZAT’s capro capacity to 101,000 tonnes/year, it added.

In January ZAT, also a producer of polyamide 6 (or nylon 6), announced that it had linked up with the only other Polish capro producer, Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP), to build a 80,000–120,000 tonne/year capro plant in either China or Taiwan.

Two months prior to that announcement, both ZAT and ZAP said they had dropped their interest in bidding for the Czech capro and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer Spolana owned by Anwil, a unit of the PKN Orlen group.

Capro is produced as the precursor to nylon 6. ZAP’s current capro capacity is 70,000 tonnes/year.

For more on caprolactam visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Will Conroy
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