28 March 2013 17:30 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Poland's PCC Exol is looking to move into high-margin amphoteric surfactants production, with an eye to supplying output to makers of quality personal care products, the company said on Thursday.
The company is forecasting that global demand for surfactants overall will reach 15.9m tonnes in 2018, 20% higher than in 2010.
“We expect the general rising trend being observed for specialty [surfactant] products, including amphoteric surfactants, to continue with its growth in the near future,” said Marcin Zurakowski, CEO of PCC Exol, a subsidiary of Germany's PCC chemicals, energy and logistics group, and Poland's only surfactants manufacturer.
PCC Exol, headquartered in Brzeg Dolny, southwestern Poland, has plants which can produce 40,000 tonnes/year of anionic surfactants and 60,000 tonnes/year of non-ionic surfactants.
“A few years ago anionic surfactants were quantitatively the largest product group, but the progress of technology and advanced technologies means these products have been replaced by non-ionic surfactants,” added Zurakowski.
The developing central and eastern European market alone offers encouraging demand for specialty surfactants, such as amphoteric surfactants required for high-grade personal care items, he said.
Surfactants produced by PCC Exol are also used in detergents, textiles, paints, adhesives and varnishes.
In January, PCC Exol signed an agreement to acquire US-based specialty chemical additives developer PCC Chemax from parent company PCC.
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