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CHEMICAL MARKET REPORT: Forchem ups capacity (eng)


Jan 31, 2005
by Chemical Market Reporter


Forchem Oy is preparing to complete an investment plan to reach its target annual production capacity of 150,000 tons at its crude tall oil (CTO) fractionation plant in Rauma, Finland. The €2.3 million ($3 million) in investments, dubbed the FOR150 project, will be carried out in stages during 2005.

"We're increasing basic production and investing in the development of new, upgraded tall oil products," says Martti Fredrikson, president and CEO of Forchem. "The full-scale implementation of the new production facility and the optimizing of the many previously untested subprocesses made our first full year of operations in 2003 a challenging one. However, it turned out to be a financial and technological success. Hence we are now carrying out our expansion plans."

forchem says the project is being conducted flexibly without interfering with normal production processes. Short production stops will take place at the beginning of 2005 and early summer. Rintekno Oy, which has provided technical engineering for the plant, will be in charge of the upcoming project.

the CTO plant recently acquired ISO 9001, USO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. Mr Fredrikson notes that the systems lend Forchem's operations a systematic and effective edge and help manage risks. "Forchem now has access to the best tools for the production of top-quality tall oil products," he says.

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