Huntsman: New Terol polyols plant opened in Taiwan

On 21 October 2020, Huntsman Corporation commemorated the official start-up of a new 22,000 t Terol aromatic polyester polyols plant at its systems house in Kuan Yin, Taiwan, with an opening ceremony at the site that was attended by key customers and employees.

The 3,600 m2 polyols plant, completed in May 2020, expands the company’s downstream polyurethanes capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region and marks the first time Huntsman has manufactured its Terol polyols outside the USA. According to the company, the polyester polyols are critical components in the production of MDI-based polyurethane insulation systems – the most effective insulants available in the market, as measured by R-value. Insulation products based on Terol polyols, include polyisocyanurate boardstock systems, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and pour-in-place applications, including entry doors, garage doors, coolers, refrigerators and commercial freezers. To produce Terol polyols, the company utilises a proprietary process that upcycles scrap polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, some of which otherwise would have ended up in landfills, rivers and oceans.

In remarks at the opening ceremony, Peter Huntsman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Huntsman Corporation, said: “The work we are doing in Taiwan and throughout the Asia Pacific region will truly transform our industry. By recycling the equivalent of nearly half a billion PET bottles from the oceans, landfills and refuse facilities, we are creating the building blocks that transform plastic waste into something of real value – highly efficient insulants that help conserve energy and reduce emissions.”

“When considered with its sister plant in Houston, Texas, this new Terol polyols plant enables Huntsman to participate on a global scale in the shared responsibility to clean up our environment and do more with less,” said Peter Huntsman.

Huntsman manufactures Terol polyols for the Americas and European regions from its plant in Houston, TX, USA, where it upcycles the equivalent of one billion 500 ml PET bottles per year. Additionally, the company manufactures polyols from scrap PET bottles at its Huntsman Building Solutions site in Boisbriand, Canada.

Commenting on the new facility, Tony Hankins, President of Huntsman’s Polyurethanes business and CEO of Asia Pacific said: “Taiwan is a critically important base for the achievement of our strategic objectives in the region, which are focused on moving downstream and creating more differentiated solutions for our customers. The Terol polyols from this plant are already being used in PIR boardstock systems, cold chain applications and spray polyurethane foam, or SPF. Earlier this year, we established Huntsman Building Solutions, the leading SPF company in the world, through the integration of two major SPF businesses that we recently acquired. As a result, Huntsman is now able to effectively supply energy-efficient SPF systems to customers throughout Asia-Pacific, leveraging the Terol polyols from the Taiwan plant. We see significant growth opportunities for SPF in the cold chain, modern agriculture, and the insulation of buildings.”