Huntsman installs new speciality polyol reactor at Houston site -- K Trade Fair


Huntsman installs new speciality polyol reactor at Houston site

Construction on the new reactor began in late January 2014, and it is now fully operational. According to Huntsman, the new aromatic polyol reactor has significantly increased the site's annual production capacity, enabling the company to serve its customers future growth in demand. Huntsman says it offers one of the broadest ranges of aromatic polyester polyols for rigid foam applications, with hydroxyl values ranging from 120 to 350. Additionally, its customised polyol solutions can meet the most demanding industry applications, says the company. Terol polyols are used in a wide range of applications, including spray polyurethane foam, boardstock, insulated metal panels, structural insulated panels, appliances, and commercial refrigeration. "Our investment in the Terol manufacturing site illustrates a continuing commitment to support the growth in these speciality polyols, as well as the global MDI urethanes business. By increasing the site's production capability, Huntsman is positioned to drive growth in our downstream MDI insulation systems business and expand into new markets,” said Steve Burns, Vice President, Americas, Huntsman Polyurethanes. Earlier this year, Huntsman installed a new 22 MMBTU furnace at the site to accommodate the addition of up to three polyol reactors. This is the first new reactor installed under the increased capacity of the new furnace, says the company. Huntsman completed the acquisition of the Terol business from Oxid L.P. in August 2013.