Perstorp signs Memorandum of Understanding at 'Make in India'

23 February 2016

Perstorp, a world leader in speciality chemicals has been participating in the event ‘Make in India’. By signing an MoU with MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation), the company initiates the process of evaluating the opportunity to invest in a new world scale production plant for Penta in India. The related market for coatings is growing fast in the country. Building a world scale production plant would be yet another important part of the ambitious plan to strengthen the position in the Asian market. In July 2015, Perstorp acquired the Penta business from Koei Chemical Company Ltd., a Japanese chemicals producer. "The Penta business is a corner stone for Perstorp and an integral part of the strategy to drive growth in the Asia Pacific region. It requires presence and determination in order to succeed. An investment in India would further build upon and strengthen our number one position in the global market. Today’s signing of an MoU demonstrates our intention to take the desired steps in the region.” Perstorp’s President and CEO Jan Secher said: "Perstorp has for a longer period successfully been building its position in Asia. The ‘Make in India’ initiative gives Perstorp an arena to further evaluate opportunities within this exciting region. Ultimately our intention is to develop existing and new customer relationships to further support their success and growth,”said Ulrika Andersson, Vice President Business Unit Penta. Pentaerythritol (Penta) is a white crystalline polyhydric alcohol containing four primary hydroxyl groups. Applications are building blocks in alkyd resins for coatings, radiation curing monomers, polyurethanes, rosin esters, synthetic lubricants and explosives. Perstorp is currently producing Penta in three different production plants in Germany, the US and Sweden.

Make in India

The Make in India initiative was launched by Prime Minister Modi in September 2014 as part of a wider set of nation-building initiatives. The initiatives was set to simplify doing business and invest in India, this in order to turn the country into a manufacturing hub. Since then India has seen an increase in FDI of 48% on an annual rate and India is today enjoying the highest growth in the world closing 2015 at GDP +7.3% with a projection of 7.5% for 2016.

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