DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — Mumbai-based Gharda Chemicals Ltd. plans to open a commercial scale plant in India for making specialized engineering resins polyetherketone, polyetheretherketone and polybenzimidazole, using what it says is a new production method.
The company will decide final capacity and investment details later this year, and is aiming for an April 2015 startup for the new facility in Panoli, India, said Prakash Trivedi, head of the polymer strategic business unit for Gharda.
"We have to decide the final capacity," Trivedi said in an interview at Gharda's booth (Hall 5/B5-2) at K 2013. "We are building a major commercial plant."
Trivedi said the company process for making PEK is produced with a single monomer and is based in chlorine rather than fluorine like other PEK manufacturers. He said PEK capacity could be up to 1,000 metric tons annually.
The firm's polyetherketone ketone process is also made with a unique process Gharda developed, using two monomers instead of three as is traditional, while the PBI is made with a single monomer rather than two monomers, Trivedi said.
"We have started marketing and developing it in a major way," Trivedi said.
The firm previously had a facility in Panoli to manufacture PEEK and other engineering materials in Panoli but sold it to Solvay in 2006.