Poland’s Azoty Chorzow launches stearin, glycerin bioproducts plant

20 September 2013 11:51  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Poland’s Azoty Chorzow has launched a plant for the production of stearin and methanol-free glycerin bioproducts from animal and vegetable fats, the company said on Friday.

The zlotych (Zl) 65m ($20.9m, €15.5m) plant, located at the company’s production site in Chorzow, southern Poland, is designed to produce 13,200 tonnes/year of stearin and 1,600 tonnes/year of methanol-free glycerin, it added.

Azoty Chorzow is a subsidiary of Poland’s largest fertilizer producer Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP), which in turn is owned by  the largest Polish chemical group Grupa Azoty. Azoty Chorzow said that the plant, constructed over a period of two years, is unique in Poland and fits the ZAP strategy of widening its output of bioproducts made with renewable raw materials.

Stearin is used in the manufacturing of products including rubber, surfactants, candles, adhesives, emulsifiers and plasticizers, Azoty Chorzow said.

Azoty Chorzow is Poland’s only producer of fertilizer-grade potassium nitrate. It also produces food-grade and technical-grade potassium nitrate, as well as calcium nitrate solution that is used as a liquid fertilizer.

($1 = €0.74, $1 = Zl 3.11, €1 = Zl 4.20)

By: Will Conroy
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