Global PET producer Indorama has completed the upgrade and expansion of its bottle and packaging grade PET production plant in Wloclawek, Poland.
The company has spent around €20m on the expansion, with the work carried out by engineering group Inventa-Fischer, which originally commissioned the facility in 2002.
With the completion of the expansion project, the polycondensation plant capacity has been increased from around 160,000tpa to 216,000tpa at the site.
As reported in European Plastics News, the production costs have been considerably reduced through economies of scale and an improvement in energy and feedstock efficiency.
Instead of installing a new line, the efficiency project was ordered by Indorama Ventures Poland, part of the Thai Indorama Group. The project was carried out to enable the firm to meet growing PET resin demand in eastern Europe.
The plant is located in Poland’s Pomeranian Special Economic Zone to the west of Warsaw. It was founded in 2002 and started operations in May 2005.
The foundation of the plant was a part of the acquisition from SK Chemicals that included assets in Indonesia. Since its acquisition, the unit has increased its production capacity by the ongoing process of debottlenecking, expanded new markets and added reheat products to its portfolio. It has also worked towards improving safety standards and has seen zero accidents in the year.
The company claims that it is the only plant in the group that uses a real-time process data gathering and storage system for remotely monitoring the entire process from any place and at any time in the world.