Exports of 88% of the polyols production
The plant in Tortosa (Tarragona) is one of the world's leading producers of polyols (pentaerythritol, dipentarerythritol and sodium formate). This centre supplies practically all consumers of polyols in the Spanish market and exports the rest of its production, 88%, to more than 50 countries.
Polyols are mainly used to manufacture synthetic resins and lubricants; paints; PVC stabilisers; and printing inks. These products use formaldehyde as a raw material, which is produced in the same factory. In Tortosa there are three formaldehyde plants, two pentaerythritol plants and one dipentaerythritol plant. Their overall production capacity is 310,000 t/year.
The R&D department of the intermediate chemicals division, to which the plant is integrated, is located in this centre. This department has developed the ErcrosGreen+ and ErcrosTech ranges, which are resins with advanced environmental and technological properties.
The workforce at the Tortosa plant is over 110 people.
The key figures of the Tortosa factory
Annual production capacity
World producer of pentaerythriol
A bit of history
Under the ownership of S.A. Polialco, the Tortosa factory starts its activity manufacturing pentaerythritol and sodium formate using its own patented process.
Polialco is integrated into Derivados Forestales and starts producing formaldehyde, the main raw material for pentaerythritol and sodium formate.
Dipentaerythritol production begins using internally developed technology, including process control and instrumentation.
Creation of the holding Derivados Forestales Group XXI, S.L., which includes the Tortosa together with the Almussafes and Cerdanyola factories.
On the occasion of the acquisition of Derivados Forestales by Ercros, the Tortosa factory is integrated into the intermediate chemicals division.
Expansion of the production capacity of polyol plants.
Certificates and policies of the Tortosa factory
The distinctive marks that endorse the Tortosa factory's commitment to sustainability.