Erkner plant starts formaldehyde production

March 2016 • The launch of the new facility at Prefere Resins in Erkner heralds the production of up to 20,000 tonnes of formaldehyde for the phenolic-resin plant. It will also help reduce HGV delivery traffic and make an important contribution to energy savings

Work on the new formaldehyde unit at the Prefere Resins plant in Erkner (Germany) started in February 2015, and following a successful trial run formaldehyde production commenced in March 2016.

This means that a strategically important material is now being made in-house for phenolic-resin manufacture within the Prefere Group, thereby increasing the production flexibility of the plants at Erkner and Trzemeszno (Poland).
One positive side-benefit of this is the reduction in goods vehicle traffic, as the in-house production of formalin saves around 700 HGV deliveries a year.
The new facility is to be put to good use, as the heat energy generated during formalin manufacture will be fed into the production cycle to save on heating costs.

The successful launch of formaldehyde production at Erkner has extended the product range of the Prefere Group to include one of the most important chemical feedstocks. The maximum capacity of the new plant is around 20,000 tonnes of formaldehyde a year, based on a 100-percent concentration. The new unit will normally process formalin at 50 percent concentration, resulting in a production capacity of up to 40,000 tonnes a year. Most of the manufactured formalin will be used as a raw material for Erkner's own production process.

Potential customers can obtain product details and purchasing information at Our contact person for formalin sales, Ines Kendelbacher, will be happy to help with your enquiry


Birgitt Berg
Assistant to Location Management
+49 3362 72 467

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