Fire Injures 2 at Allnex Manufacturing Plant
On Sunday (July 10), a fire broke out at an allnex manufacturing facility in East St. Louis, Illinois, injuring two employees. While the cause of the explosion has not been released, an investigation is ongoing.
“The fire was extinguished by the fire department, and local emergency response teams were on site to maintain safety measures and cooperate with the authorities,” wrote Jennifer Hintz, allnex Head of Global Marketing Communications, in a release. “The causes and consequences of the incident will be the subject of further investigation and follow-up.
“Further communications will be available as soon as more information is gathered and verified.”
The company added that the two injured employees were immediately taken to the hospital for further treatment. One of the employees has been discharged, while the second employee is still in hospital care. Reports indicate the men were between age 28 and 32, and the employee in the hospital experience a chemical burn on about 60% of his body.
East St. Louis Assistant Fire Chief George McClellan told local news stations the explosion happened at about 10 p.m. inside the plant, starting a fire and causing significant damage to parts of the factory. McClellan said the flames were through the roof of the building, causing the sprinkler system to not be fully effective.
Fire crews confirmed there was a chemical spill, but did not specify what kind of chemical it was. McClellan did note that the chemical was water soluble, though.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the St. Clair Hazmat Team were inspecting for hazards. Dispatchers first reported the fire as a tanker explosion, but reports could not be confirmed, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Recent Allnex News
Last year, allnex, an international supplier of resins for architectural, industrial, OEM and special purpose coatings, announced that it would become part of Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC).
A subsidiary of PTT Group, a premier multinational energy company and Fortune Global 500 company, GC’s portfolio includes the manufacturing and distribution of upstream, intermediate and downstream petrochemical products for industries such as packaging, textiles and automotive.
As a global leader in industrial coating resins, with locations on four continents and serving customers in over 100 countries, allnex reported that in becoming a part of GC, it would gain the opportunity to further expand its presence in emerging markets through additional investments. GC is a strategic long-term investor that plans to improve allnex’ reach to the Asia Pacific region, but also foresees gaining its own company benefits from allnex’ existing global footprint.
Through the acquisition, allnex will support GC’s commitment to environmentally friendly innovations and advanced technologies with its leading green technology portfolio and research and development network.
In November, the company announced the construction of a state-of-the-art research and development center at its production site in Werndorf, Austria. According to the press release, the goal of the project is part of allnex’s strategic plan to “lead the industry in the development of sustainable, environmentally friendly resins and respond to the challenges of evolving trends.”
The 12-million-euro (about $13.9 million) investment will go towards reactor upgrades, developing new low-VOC, waterborne and VOC-compliant resins and additives and installation of digitalized automated, high throughput synthesis and application equipment. These additions will reportedly “allow allnex to push innovation and product development to new heights.”
Construction is expected to be completed in Q3 2022.
More recently, in March, allnex announced plans to acquire a manufacturing facility in Maharashtra, India. The facility was previously owned by coatings resin business, D.R. Coats Ink & Resins Pvt. Ltd. DRC products, sold under the brand names Drokryl, Drokyd, Droplas and Dromel, are part of the acquisition and will be integrated into the allnex product portfolio.
The acquisition is a first step for allnex in establishing a broader manufacturing footprint in India—one of the fastest-growing coating markets. According to allnex, the acquisition and localization of goods will support the company’s close collaboration with local and regional customers, enable the use of local raw material sources and accelerate the speed to market.
Once the acquisition is complete, allnex plans to focus on the production of its range of liquid resins and additives, including alkyds, acrylics, aminos and polyesters. Over time, the company plans to expand production lines to further chemistries.