28 August 2013 15:32 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Poland's Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn (ZAK) is to invest in the production of phthalate-free plasticisers, the company said on Wednesday.
ZAK has initiated an investment project for the construction of a phthalate-free-plasticiser installation, likely to have a capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year, it added.
The company is the sole Polish producer of oxo-alcohols and plasticisers. It currently operates a plant that produces 60,000 tonnes/year of dioctyl phthalate (DOP) plasticisers at its production complex in Kedzierzyn-Kozle, southern Poland.
No costing of the phthalate-free plant, which ZAK intends to launch in 2015, is yet available, the company said.
Phthalates are being phased out of some products in the EU, US and Canada because of concerns that they could pose a threat to human health.
Since 1 July, producers of paediatric medical devices have been banned in France from having phthalates in their products.
In June, specialty chemicals producer Evonik said it had started production of phthalate-free plasticiser 1,2 cyclohexa dicarboxylic acid diisononyl ester at its complex in Marl, Germany.
Plasticisers are used in a wide range of products including carpets, floor coverings, footwear soles and wallpaper.
ZAK is a subsidiary of state-controlled Grupa Azoty, Poland's largest chemical group.
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