03 November 2005 21:18 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Fortron said on Thursday that its planned doubling of polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) capacity to 15,000 tonne/year at its Wilmington, North Carolina, is on track to be completed by mid-2007.?xml:namespace>
The $65m (Euro53.3m) expansion's initial engineering and process design work has been completed and Jacobs Engineering has been chosen to do detailed engineering and procurement for the project, Fortron said.
When completed, the expanded facility will be the world's largest PPS plant.
PPS is described as a high-performance material that is often used instead of metals and thermosets in many applications, including auto pumps, valves, fuel rails, electronic connectors, plugs, switches and circuit boards.
Fortron, based in Florence, Kentucky, is a joint venture (jv) between Celanese's Ticona business and Japan's Kureha.
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