Tarnów Polyamide Plant II already in operation
Polyamide Plant II [Wytwórnia Poliamidów II] is the official name of the facility producing Polyamide 6, one of the world’s most widely used engineering plastics. The opening ceremony took place on Monday, September 25th, on Grupa Azoty S.A. site in Tarnów. The plant was opened by Prime Minister Beata Szydło and dr Wojciech Wardacki, President of Grupa Azoty Management Board.
Polyamide 6, manufactured by Grupa Azoty S.A. under the trade names Tarnamid® and Alphalon™, is an engineering plastic with a broad range of applications. Owing to its exceptional strength and high thermal and chemical resistance, it is used across the automotive, textile, electrical engineering, electronic and other industries, as well as in medicine. The new plant will produce high-grade Polyamide 6 for injection moulding and extrusion. The plant uses the world’s best available technology by Uhde Inventa Fisher. An earlier generation of this technology is used by ATT Polymers GmbH of Guben, a subsidiary of Grupa Azoty. An additional advantage of Polyamide Plant II is that it is located in a sub-zone of the Kraków Special Economic Zone. This entitles the Plant to income tax reliefs, boosting return on the invested capital.
Construction of Polyamide Plant II followed from the Grupa Azoty Group’s long-term strategy to balance caprolactam and polyamide 6 production capacities. This process began in mid-1990s with the construction of the first polyamide 6 plant, which had an annual capacity of 22.7 thousand tonnes, later doubled to 45 thousand tonnes. Increasing of the polyamide 6 production capacity and balancing of caprolactam and polyamide 6 capacities were identified as some of Grupa Azoty’s strategic goals during the Company’s IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. They were accomplished in 2010 with the acquisition of control over Unylon Polymers GmbH of Guben. But the balance shifted again when Grupa Azoty Puławy, a caprolactam manufacturer, was incorporated into the Group. Polyamide Plant II in Tarnów, with its annual capacity of 80 thousand tonnes, will help the Group to rebalance its caprolactam and polyamide 6 production capacities.