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Synthos launches eco-friendly EPS insulation material on new Polish line

November 19/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Polish chemicals and plastics group Synthos has launched a new eco-friendly EPS grade for heat insulation panels which includes recycled polystyrene raw material, said the company.

Synthos, headquartered at Oswiecim in southern Poland, started extruding the product, InVento Optima on a dedicated line installed at its base manufacturing site at the end of 2018.

Production of the material, which Synthos claims provides enhanced insulating efficiency, is taking place at a new state-of-the-art plant in Oswiecim. It significantly reduces heat loss in buildings, so cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the group said.

"InVento Optima' is made using an ecological geopolymer additive combining the features of a flame retardant substance and athermal properties. This allows the reduction or elimination of the traditional halogen flame retardant, according to Synthos.

Its new product will also shorten the processing time and assist in cutting the production cost of thermal insulation materials.

The new manufacturing process makes it possible to incorporate recyclate from processing PS secondary products as raw material. Its inclusion in the product mix can significantly reduce the role of the general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) polymer, depending on the quality of regranulate used.

Investment in research and development for the InVento project dates back to 2009. The goal, led by a team led by Synthoss PS plastics R&D manager Filip Kondratowicz, was to revolutionise expandable polystyrene manufacture with a modern, ecological and competitive process.

"InVento products were initially made available in Poland and selected markets and feedback from customers demonstrate the new material is a great success. InVento is considered the best product among those available on the market for converters and EPS end users," declared group offshoot Synthos EPS earlier this year.

Synthos has also been investing heavily in expanding its manufacture of extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation panels at its plant in Oswiecim. It recently installed a new Italian supplied production line there.

As per ICIS-MRC Price Report, Synthos SA, Poland's largest petrochemical producer, has reduced its November export prices of expandable polystyrene (EPS) for the Ukrainian market by an average of EUR50/tonne on the back of the on-going reduction of feedstock prices in Europe.

Synthos SA is one of the largest producers of petrochemical products in Poland and is the largest producer of emulsion rubbers in Europe. Besides, it is the third largest European EPS producer.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PS, EPS, Synthos.
Category:General News
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