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Huntsman to recycle PET scrap into polyester polyols at its Taiwan facility in 2020

December 04/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Huntsman has announced that in 2020, its polyols production facility in Kuan Yin, Taiwan, will begin to utilise the company's well-proven Terol polyols technology to recycle distressed PET streams to satisfy the growing demand from the regional PIR foam insulation market, according to GV.

According to the company, its proprietary trans-esterification process enables the use of severely distressed PET scrap that otherwise would have been destined for landfills or found its way into the oceans. This way the company not only recycles low-quality PET scrap, but then transforms it into energy-saving polyurethane insulation - the most effective insulants available in the market, as measured by R-value, said Huntsman.

While any form of PET will suffice, since 2014 the company has used the equivalent of 5 billion 500 ml PET bottles to manufacture approximately 290 million lbs of Terol polyester polyols in Houston, TX, USA. These polyols are a raw material in the production of MDI-based polyurethane insulation products, which provide energy savings in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. They are a key building block for polyisocyanurate (PIR) boardstock systems and spray polyurethane foam (SPF), as well as pour-in-place applications, such as picnic coolers, entry doors, garage doors, refrigerators and freezers. These energy-saving polyurethane insulations benefit society by reducing the costs of heating and cooling homes and commercial buildings and prolonging the shelf life of perishable foods, said Huntsman.

Terol polyols are said to contain up to 60 % recycled waste. While all these polyols contain recycled content, six Terol polyols have been certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Environment. In 2014, the company became the first US polyester polyol manufacturer to receive the designation. UL verified Huntsmans pre-consumer recycled, post-consumer recycled and renewable resource content claims by reviewing the company's manufacturing practices and raw materials sources.

In 2018, Huntsman acquired Demilec, a leading North American SPF insulation manufacturer and distributor for residential and commercial applications. A consumer of Terol polyester polyols, Demilec produces a full suite of closed- and open-cell MDI-based SPF formulations, and focuses on bio-preferred, renewable and recyclable products that reduce energy consumption through highly efficient insulation properties.

As MRC informed earlier, in August 2019, Huntsman Corp, the US chemicals group, sold two of its businesses to Thailand-based petrochemicals company Indorama Ventures for more than USD2bn.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PET consumption dropped in September 2019 by 10% year on year, totalling 58,210 tonnes. Overall, 551,320 tonnes of PET was processed in Russia in the first nine months of 2019, up 9% year on year.

Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals with 2017 revenues of more than USD8 billion. Its chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. The company operate more than 75 manufacturing, R&D and operations facilities in approximately 30 countries and employ approximately 10,000 associates within its four distinct business divisions.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PET-granulate, construction, packaging, thermal protection, Huntsman, Indorama Ventures PLC, Russia, Thailand.
Category:General News
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