Another step towards innovative economy
The Fat Processing Plant which has just been inaugurated affirms the membership of Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY” in the group of leading Polish companies investing in innovative and long-term technological solutions. The investment completed in Chorzów enables the extraction of a mix of distilled saturated and unsaturated fatty acids through processing of animal fats and vegetable oils. As a result, high-quality intermediary products with a variety of applications will hit the Polish and the European markets.
Economy of advanced technologies
Saturated and unsaturated fatty acids manufactured in Chorzów will be used in the production of toilet and metallic soap, or detergents. The installation will provide intermediary products for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Fatty acids from Chorzów may also constitute an alternative resource for the manufacturing of bio-esters.
Glycerin – new product and new possibilities
The up-and-running investment enriches Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY” portfolio with glycerin with no less than 80% glycerol, free from methanol and obtained through hydrolysis of animal fat. Glycerin is currently one of the key intermediary products in pharmaceutical, cosmetics and grocery industries. It also serves for the production of nitroglycerin for pharmaceutical purposes. Other applications of glycerin are found in tobacco, paper and textile industries. It has also been widely used in the manufacturing of hydraulic fluids, adhesives and sealants.
Open to new markets
There are two sources of the fatty acids, the key resource in the new installation. The materials are byproducts of processing of vegetables, or animals in slaughterhouses and rendering plants. C. 65,000 tonnes of fatty acids are available in Poland each year. Thanks to the new installation, Zakłady Azotowe “CHORZÓW” may process 16,000 tonnes of fatty acids into 13,000 tonnes of marketable stearin.
Changes on the domestic market
Until now Polish factories have imported stearin from neighboring European countries (Sweden, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany) or Malaysia and Indonesia, where 10% of vegetable-derived stearin on our market was produced. According to Eurostat c. 17,600 tonnes of stearin acid worth 18 million EUR was imported to Poland in 2012. Producing stearin in Poland will make our manufacturers independent of long supply chains and the necessity of importing the resource. Stearin will also become more readily available on the domestic market.
Market research suggests that currently the leading application of stearin is manufacturing of candles (c. 47%) and rubber and caoutchouc (c. 45%), next comes the chemical industry with 7% share and the pharmaceutical industry. Data suggesting the potential of candle-making sector is especially noteworthy. Stearin may well replace paraffin, which is now the most popular resource for candle and memorial candle manufacturers. An addition of stearin makes candles more user-friendly (paraffin gives off more smoke).