Arkema brings China fluorinated polymer expansion on stream

24 July 2012 18:02  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Arkema has brought on stream the 50% expansion of fluorinated polymer production capacity at its Changshu site in China, the French specialty chemicals producer said on Tuesday.

The company said the new capacity, announced in January 2011, has started up several weeks ahead of schedule.

Details on cost and capacity figures related to the expansion were not disclosed.

“This new capacity will enable the group to consolidate its leading position in this high-added value product line which offers significant growth prospects,” said Arkema.

The group also produces its polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) Kynar in Calvert City, Kentucky, in the US, and at its Pierre-Benite site in France.

“Based in Changshu, the new line dedicated to the production of Kynar and its VF2 (vinylidene fluoride) monomer will bolster the group’s presence in emerging countries, while sustaining its development in fast-growing specialty products,” said Arkema.

“These new capacities will enable the group to better meet global demand for PVDF, both in traditional markets such as coatings, chemical engineering and offshore oil extraction currently experiencing strong growth, and in emerging applications like water treatment, lithium-ion batteries, and photovoltaic panels,” it added.

By: Franco Capaldo
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