Arkema to raise PVDF capacity at Kentucky plant from early 2010

26 October 2009 17:50  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Arkema is close to completing the expansion of its polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) capacity at its facility at Calvert City, Kentucky, in the US, to respond to growth from the photovoltaics and lithium-ion battery sectors, the French industrial chemicals firm said on Monday.

The company would spend around $20m (€13.4m) to debottleneck the plant, which would increase its production capacity by 15% frome early 2010, Arkema said in a statement.

The company will not reveal the plant’s total capacity due to competitive reasons.

“This latest extension will provide us with the necessary capacity and grades to respond to today’s growth opportunities in the energy markets, in particular in the photovoltaics and lithium-ion battery sectors,” said Erwoan Pezron, global managing director of Arkema’s fluoropolymers.

The plant supplies both the American and Asian markets.

The company increased the Calvert City plant's PVDF capacity by 2,000 tonnes/year in 2008.

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