“Perstorp has made significant progress in ‘future-proofing’ its Capa caprolactone monomer plant in Warrington, UK. The project was announced last August, with work beginning in the final quarter of 2017. Major milestones have already been passed,” said Marie Grönborg, EVP Specialties & Solutions at Perstorp.
In 2011 Perstorp completed a major investment building a second monomer line in Warrington providing additional capacity and redundancy. The current project involves demolition of much of the original plant from 1996, followed by reconstruction from the ground up, to the latest standards.
“Demolition has been completed, with new equipment now in place to better support the production facilities,” said Grönborg. “Production of caprolactone is not being affected during the plant upgrade, which consists of installing a new peracetic acid still and new reactors. The project is expected to be complete in the second half of 2019.
“We continue to still see strong confidence and demand in the caprolactone market,” added Grönborg. “The polyurethane elastomers segment, which is an important area for caprolactones, is very buoyant, and we are seeing strong growth in coatings and resins. We strive to support and supply our customers’ needs, to maintain our manufacturing reliability and build a successful future for caprolactone-based solutions.”