Speciality chemicals company Croda International Plc has launched a major capital expansion project at its Hull manufacturing site in Yorkshire, UK.
The £27m (€31.5m) project will see production capacity doubled and is part of the company's “strategy to invest in faster growth markets”, Croda announced on 17 May.
The Hull manufacturing site, a Croda spokesperson told Plastics News Europe, is one of the company's main sites for our polymer additives products.
The plant produces fatty acid amides which are used as slip, anti-block and anti-scratch additives for a range of plastics applications such as food packaging and automotive.
The project, according to Croda's group chief executive, Steve Foots, will combine modern technology with optimised production and process efficiencies in order to maintain Croda's supply of products to its customers.
“This technology is used by global polymer manufacturers to address issues such as friction, scratch resistance and stability of plastic materials used in multiple industries including automotive and packaging,” according to Croda's group chief executive, Steve Foots.
Croda's fatty acid amides - tradename Crodamides - are produced from naturally occurring oils and fats, and include primary amides, secondary amides and secondary bis-amides.
The manufacturing facility at Hull is dedicated to their production allowing full integration of processes from raw material to packaged finished product on one site.