13 June 2013 14:58 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Poland’s Azoty-Adipol is on the point of launching a plant for the production of stearin and methanol-free glycerin from animal and vegetable fats, the company's owner, Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP), said on Thursday.
The zloty (Zl) 65m ($20.4m, €15.3m) plant, at Azoty-Adipol’s production site in Chorzow, southern Poland, will produce 13,200 tonnes/year of stearin and 1,600 tonnes/year of methanol-free glycerin, and is unique in Poland, it added.
“This investment fits perfectly with our strategy to develop bioproducts using renewable raw materials,” said Marian Rybak, vice-president at ZAP, Poland’s largest nitrogen fertilizer producer and a maker of melamine and caprolactam (capro).
“I believe we should progress further in the direction of creating medium-sized and small installations in new business areas conducted in cooperation with science and addressing the needs of customers,” he added.
Stearin is used in the production of rubber, surfactants, candles, adhesives, emulsifiers and plasticizers, ZAP said.
ZAP, itself owned by Poland's largest chemical group Grupa Azoty since January of this year, acquired 85% of Azoty-Adipol from the Polish treasury ministry in October 2011.
Azoty-Adipol produces three types of potassium nitrate – fertilizer-grade, food-grade and technical-grade – as well as calcium nitrate.
($1 = €0.75, $1 = Zl 3.19, €1 = Zl 4.26)
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