ERJ staff report (PR)
Zaventem, Belgium - Speciality oils supplier Nynas is planning to leverage its increased plasticisers capacity gained through the takeover of the Harburg base oil plant in Germany in January.
On 1 Jan, Nynas took over production and responsibility for the base oil plant and associated production units at the Harburg refinery in Hamburg.
The new production plant will be a core site for Nynas with an annual production capacity of 350 kilotonnes, said a 5 Sept company statement. This represents a 40 percent increase in the supply capability of naphthenic speciality oils.
“The new capacity gives Nynas the possibility to reinforce its delivery performance and quickly meet the growing demand from customers around the world,” said Nynas, which claims to be Europe’s biggest producer of naphthenic oils.
The company is, meanwhile, seeking to exploit new opportunities for naphthenic plasticisers in plastics and rubber applications including by contributing to more sustainable production and replacing carcinogenic oils.
Naphthenics are widely used as plasticisers of rubbers such as SBR, BR and NR, where their solvency is used to increase compatibility and enhance mechanical strength.
Nynas said it will highlight its capabilities in these areas at the Fakuma fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, 14-18 Oct.