Shell Chemicals recently announced it has completed a project to strengthen the flexibility of its polyol production facility in Europe, which is expected to result in an immediate increase in coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) polyol capacity from the site at Pernis in the Netherlands. Modifications made to both the plant and process technology are reportedly enabling CASE-grade CARADOL polyols to be made on a continuous production line for the first time in Shell’s history.

“We have been in the polyols business for over 50 years and intend to maintain our position as a leading supplier to the CASE sector,” said Colin McKendrick, general manager of Propylene Oxide and Derivatives (PODer). “Our customers are seeing higher demand for their CASE systems and we want to support their growth plans. By taking an innovative approach to our manufacturing, we have been able to significantly boost our CASE production capacity within a very short time frame. To achieve this increase in capacity, we are making CASE polyols using our proprietary continuous technology. It’s the same grade, just made in a more efficient way.”

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