H&S: On course for growth in Russia
The German plant engineers of H&S Anlagentechnik GmbH are realizing two new orders on the Volga. In the Republic of Tatarstan, the company will launch installation of a tank farm and a blending station for the processing and storage of polyurethanes to the automotive supplier Sistemnyi Dom LLC. In the Russian automotive city of Tolyatti, H&S has also been commissioned by a well-known automotive supplier to build a tank farm.
Furthermore the company was granted a patent for the chemical process for recovering polyols from end-of-life mattresses, which now also enables H&S to market the technology, which is suitable for industrial use and has been tested in Europe, in the Russian Federation.
"For us, the patent grant comes at just the right time," says Rüdiger Schaffrath, Managing Director at H&S. He adds: "In the short term, Russian mattress manufacturers will either have to recycle their products or pay a fee."
Over 20 years of market presence in Russia
H&S has been active in the Russian market for over 20 years and has already built many plants for the efficient storage, metering, blending and formulation of polyurethanes. The tank farms in Tatarstan and Tolyatti will provide a storage facility for polyols and isocyanates that makes operators less dependent on the raw materials market and ensures a trouble-free production process. The blending plant being built in Tatarstan will allow additives, catalysts and blowing agents to be blended into a desired polyol blend. This enables Sistermnyi Dom LLC known for its innovative developments to produce flexible, integral and rigid foam applications for the automotive and construction industries.
Good prospects thanks to patent and Russian eco-fee
H&S has developed a process technology and reactor plants to chemically recycle flexible polyurethane foams contained in end-of-life mattresses and recover valuable polyols for different PU applications out of them. The technology is already successfully in use at Orrion Chemicals Orgaform in France and is a part of Dow’s Renuva mattress recycling program. In addition, another plant as the result of H&S collaboration with a Dutch recycling company RetourMatras is being built in the Netherlands.
With the granting of the patent, the recycling reactor for post-consumer mattresses used in Europe is now also entering the Russian market, and at a strategically favorable time: "The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade plans to introduce an environmental recycling fee for mattresses," explains Mila Skokova, the Sales and Product Manager at H&S. Accordingly, mattress manufacturers will have to take back ten percent of their products from consumers and either recycle or dispose of them. If they fail to do so, the eco-fee becomes due.