Belgium's Solvay starts production at new specialty unit in China

18 July 2012 08:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Solvay has begun commercial production at its new €21m ($26m) specialty polymers compounds plant at Changshu in Jiangsu province, China, the Belgium-based producer said on Wednesday.

The plant produces polyarylamide and modified polyarylamide specialty polymers as well as polyphthalamide, a high-temperature polymer, the company said in a statement.

The plant mainly serves domestic customers in the electronics, automotive, consumer and industrial applications markets, it said.

The new facility is “fully adaptable” for future expansion of overall capacity as well as production of compounds made out of other high performance polymers, the firm added.

"The start-up of our compounding plant in Changshu is an important step in the development plan of Solvay's growing industrial base in China where the Group is committed to increase its customer base,” said Augusto di Donfrancesco, general manager of Solvay’s specialty polymers business.

“Sales of specialty polymers in Asia have already increased to over 30% of total sales and we see this trend continuing," di Donfrancesco added.

($1 = €0.81)

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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