Momentive expands global capacity polyurethane additives

Momentive expands global capacity for polyurethane additives

10:37 AM, 4th June 2012
Momentive expands global capacity for polyurethane additives

ALBANY, US: Momentive Performance Materials Inc will leverage its recent capacity expansions in urethane additives to meet growing demand. Momentive has focused on making strategic investments in its manufacturing operations in China, India, Brazil and Belgium to better serve its customers outside North America. Urethane additives, such as surfactants, catalysts and process modifiers, are critical components in polyurethane foam production.

“Our global infrastructure for polyurethane additives has never been stronger. We are well positioned to take on growing demand around the world. We have appropriate R&D and manufacturing capabilities in key regions and critical improvements in processes to make effective use of this new global capacity,” said Tony Lanchak, Global Business Director – UA, Momentive Performance Materials.

In addition to upgrading a state of art sales, inventory, operations and planning system, Momentive has made several strategic investments focused on broadening global capacity in its urethane additives business. These include, by country; China – completed the expansion that enables increased urethane additive finished goods capacity at Nantong plant facility. Momentive is also producing key intermediates in Nantong; India – phased in urethane additive production at newly expanded facility for manufacturing and application development in Chennai; Brazil – upgraded manufacturing facility to enable production of urethane additive finished goods, supported by a state of the art application development centre, to complement existing production facilities in Itatiba and; Belgium – added important capacity through improved processes at the Antwerp facility, with a resultant 20 per cent increase in production.

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