PVC Plasticizers Perstorp's New Oxo Plant Is on Stream

Editor: M.A. Manja Wühr

Perstorp has expanded its main plant in Stenugsund, Sweden. The new Oxo plant produces key raw materials for Perstorp's general purpose PVC plasticizers, Valeraldehyde and 2-propylheptanol.

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Perstorp to put on stream its new Oxo plant in Stenugsund, Sweden.
Perstorp to put on stream its new Oxo plant in Stenugsund, Sweden.
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Perstorp/Sweden – With the conclusion of its largest plant investment ever, Perstorp has boosted its total Oxo capacity by 150,000 tonnes per year and become one of the few fully integrated suppliers of plasticizers. Magnus Lannér, Perstorp’s new Executive Vice President of Operations, says: “The new Oxo plant, which produces aldehydes and derivatives, is a testament to the company’s commitment to the PVC industry. This will greatly strengthen Perstorp’s reliability for its plasticizers offer to the market, by upstream integration into their essential raw materials. The new Oxo plant also enables us to produce n-valeric acid and 2-propyl heptanol (2-PH) which are key intermediates for lubricants, adhesives and surfactants."

Raw Material for Surfactants, Adhesives and Lubricants

“The state-of-the-art plant is a powerful demonstration of Perstorp’s position as a dynamic and innovative leader in plasticizers”, says Jerker Olsson, Vice President Business Unit Oxo. “This investment strengthens our market position, and because the new Stenungsund plant is fully integrated upstream, we can offer our customers a level of reliability, consistency and customization that our competitors will find hard to match”, he says.

Perstorp is also a supplier of key intermediates and specialized products. With the new Oxo plant, the company will additionally offer n-valeric acid for lubricant formulators and as a pharmaceutical intermediate. Furthermore, Perstorp will offer the market the C10 alcohol 2-PH as a raw material for surfactants, adhesives and lubricants, as well as for plasticizers.

Perstorp offers two ranges of general purpose plasticizers: Emoltene 100 and Pevalen. Emoltene 100 (Di-Propyl Heptyl Phthalate), a C10 plasticizer is designed for outdoor durable applications where flexibility and durability are key to meet the toughest conditions required in cables, wires and roofing membranes.

Pevalen is a non-phthalate plasticizer especially created to meet the safety and performance requirements of indoor PVC applications such as flooring and coated fabrics. It provides unbeatable softness and UV stability.

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