Europe’s largest facility for producing industrial hydrocarbon resin opened in August 2019 in the western German town of Castrop-Rauxel.
The Rain Carbon company invested 60 million euros in the facility on a former factory site. The minister for the economy and digital affairs in North Rhine-Westphalia, Andreas Pinkwart, called the project a model for chemical-industry innovation in the western German state.
The facility aims to produce 50,000 tons of toxin-free resin per year, which would cover ten to fifteen percent of the world market.
Hydrocarbon resin is used both in the adhesives industry as well as in food packaging and diapers for babies. Rain Carbon hopes that the plant’s central European location will give it an advantage over Asian competitors, whose products have previously been imported to Europe.