INVISTA Specialty Materials is investing several million
dollars at its two Terate aromatic polyester polyols
manufacturing sites in Wilmington, N.C., and Vlissingen,
Netherlands, the company said on Wednesday.
The investments involve upgrades to boost global production
volumes of the Terate HT polyols product line to help
meet growing global demand for INVISTAs aromatic
polyester polyols, according to the company.
Our customers are choosing our innovative
Terate HT polyols because these products offer
advances in ease of processing and efficiency in rigid foam
manufacture, as well as improved adhesion to various
substrates, including cold adhesion for spray
applications, said Bill Trowell, global business director
for the product line.
At the same time, rigid foams containing the
polyols retain many of the differentiated performance features
of INVISTAs traditional polyol offerings including high
compressive strengths, high weight retention and high volume
retention in fire and smoke testing, the company said.
Customers have already experienced increased value in
use with our HT technology and this investment will
help ensure supply as more customers experience the benefits of
these polyols, said Trowell.
The chemistry that forms the basis for the Terate
platform is the culmination of several years of research and
development, customer trials and feedback, INVISTA said.
The result is the development of a series of polyols with
improved overall performance compared with current aromatic
polyester polyols in the marketplace, according to the
The polyols are used in a variety of applications, the
company said, including polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foams
as well as in coatings, adhesives, elastomers and sealants.