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Noveon to build TPU production facility in China

Published on 2003-12-11. Author : SpecialChem

Noveon Inc. has announced plans to construct a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) manufacturing facility near Shanghai, China.

The capacity of the facility was not disclosed. Currently, Noveon supplies Estane TPU to customers in Asia from production plants in Belgium and the U.S. "Asia is a key driver for our future growth," said Julian Steinberg, Noveon vice president and general manager. "The new polyurethanes manufacturing facility is being put in place to add global capacity and improve service levels to our customers in China and the Asia/Pacific region."

The new greenfield plant is expected to start up in fourth quarter 2004.

Noveon produces Estane aromatic TPUs and recently expanded its polyurethane line through the acquisition of aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane products in Wilmington, MA, from Thermedics Polymers, a division of Viasys Inc..

Noveon has Asia region offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, China, as well as Seoul, Korea. and Seremban, Malaysia.

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