Huntsman Corporation opens new facility in JAFZA

The purpose-built facility will strengthen Huntsman’s downstream capabilities in the MENA region

Huntsman Corporation has announced that it has opened its new polyurethanes systems facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), Dubai. The purpose-built facility is expected to strengthen Huntsman’s downstream capabilities in the MENA region while increasing its capacity to produce polyurethane systems and polyester polyols for the region.

According to a statement from Huntsman, the site also serves as the regional base for Huntsman’s Demilec spray polyurethane foam (SPF) business; Demilec is a manufacturer of SPF insulation used in commercial and residential properties to improve energy efficiency.

The new facility is also equipped with a dedicated spray foam application and training centre that will provide customers in the region with local technical and training assistance, fully supported by the global Demilec organisation.

Steen Hansen, VP for Europe, Africa, Middle East and India at Huntsman said: ” With the much-awaited Expo 2020 Dubai just a year away, the booming construction sector will increase the import of polyurethane in the market directly contributing to the growth of Huntsman’s business in the UAE.”

Meanwhile, Tony Hankins, president of Huntsman’s polyurethanes division, said: “This investment is the latest step in the expansion of our worldwide systems house capabilities, which underpin our downstream growth strategy.”

The new facility has a production area equipped with manufacturing equipment plus blenders, reactors, filling stations, control room, offices and quality control laboratories. The unit will also manufacture polyurethane foams for construction, insulation, appliances, bedding and furniture applications as well as produce systems for the footwear industry; and prepolymers for coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers applications, the statement added.

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