The construction of a new installation for Polyamide 6 manufacturing was officially inaugurated in September 2015 in Tarnów. The opening constitutes a milestone in the implementation of Grupa Azoty’s strategic goals and in the series of Company investments in the town.
Why Polyamide 6?
Thanks to its properties, Polyamide 6 is used widely in various sectors of the industry, including healthcare, packaging production, textile industry, automotive industry, aviation, electronics and renewable energy sources. The annual demand for polyamide in Europe reached 1 million tonnes, while the market of engineering materials is far from saturated, as production processes are constantly being optimized.
The response of Grupa Azoty
In order to increase the share of Polish polyamide in the European market, a decision was taken to raise the output capacity. Thanks to the new investment, it will almost double. At present, the Works in Tarnów and Guben produce 92,000 tonnes per year, while the target output is expected to reach 170,000 tonnes/year, making Grupa Azoty the second largest producer of Polyamide 6 in Europe.
The investment was located in this town because of the existing infrastructure for polyamide manufacturing, developed since 1960′. Also, the installation for composite manufacturing based on PA6 has been extended in Tarnów since 2000, and has now reached an output capacity of 12,000 tonnes per year. The project of a new installation here has also resulted from cooperation agreements between local authorities and Grupa Azoty. The constacts stipulate that investments worth 700 million PLN are going to be made in the town.
The construction of PA6 installation with joint capacity of 47,000 tonnes per year, which is going to cost 320 million PLN and create 55 jobs, forms a part of the new agreement. Additionally, Tarnów is home to an area belonging to Kraków Technology Park, which helps make investments on more favorable terms.
We are happy that Tarnów authorities and Grupa Azoty create synergistic effects in order to boost regional development – an aspect of Our Works’ history since its inception. The new venture proves that it is possible to act effectively on a local and global scale, providing benefits for the whole national economy.