Perstorp AB (Malmö, Sweden) has announced the completion of a capacity expansion for2-Ethylhexanoic Acid (2-EHA), one of the group’s flagship products for which Perstorp has the largest production capacity in the world. Earlier this year, Perstorp’s plant Stenungsund, Sweden, further increased the capacity to meet global demand from customers.
2-EHA is widely used in safety glass for car windows, synthetic lubricants, paint driers and corrosion inhibitors. To increase capacity has been on the wish list for quite some time.
“This expansion is really important to further strengthen our position in the 2-EHA market. There is a healthy demand from our customers and these extra volumes are most welcome”, says Betty Lu, VP Business Oxo and Plasticizers.
The capacity expansion has been secured via debottlenecking of two existing plants at the site in Stenungsund, Sweden. Project Manager from GTI, Global Technology & Investments, Andreas Utbult explains:
“To enable the expansion, modifications were required for both 2-EHAL production and 2-EHA production. The installations included new installations as well as replacement and modification of existing equipment, piping and instrumentation.”
“It was a very intense period with a lot of work happening at the same time. I must say that it was the good cooperation between all involved that made the project successful and it feels great to be able to deliver on and exceed the project objectives,” Andreas adds.