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Solvay to Expand Compounding Capacity for Specialty Polymers in China

Published on 2010-10-15. Author : SpecialChem

Solvay announced that it has decided to build a specialty polymers compounding plant at its site in Changshu in the province of Jiangsu, China. Start-up of the plant is expected in the last quarter of 2012. The plant will satisfy the growing demand for specialty polymers in China and requires the investment of EUR 21 million.

The compounding plant will serve the fast growing markets in China for electronics, automotive, consumer and industrial applications and will initially start producing compounds of Amodel® polyphthalamide (PPA), Ixef® polyarylamide (PARA) and Kalix® (modified PARA). The facility will be fully adaptable for future expansion for both overall capacity and for other high performance and fluorinated polymers. More information about these three polymers and their applications is available on the next page in the notes to the editors.

"Our high-end specialty polymers are used in an increasing number of applications in this very dynamic region of the world. We are looking forward providing additional supply flexibility by compounding in closer proximity to our expanding customer base and providing them with more plastics with more performance," says George Corbin, Senior Executive Vice-President of Solvay Group and President of Solvay Advanced Polymers, one of the entities of Solvay's Specialty Polymers Strategic Business Unit.

"This investment clearly illustrates Solvay's strategy to enlarge its industrial base in fast moving markets such as China. Sales of Specialty Polymers in Asia were above 25% of total sales in the first half of this year and we see a growing trend," adds Augusto di Donfrancesco, General Manager of the Strategic Business Unit Specialty Polymers. SOLVAY is an international industrial Group active in Chemistry. It offers a broad range of products and solutions that contribute to improving quality of life. The Group is headquartered in Brussels and employs 17,000 people in 40 countries. In 2009, its consolidated sales amounted to EUR 8.5 billion.

Ixef® and Kalix® are specialty high-performance polymers for structural applications where aesthetics and high stiffness are important considerations. Ixef® is used in automotive, consumer and industrial applications as replacement for metal. Typical applications for Ixef® and Kalix® compounds are light but strong structural frames for mobile handheld devices. Ixef® has also been used to produce parts of the landing gear mechanism of the exclusively solar powered airplane of Solar Impulse. More information about Ixef® is available here.

Amodel® is high-temperature polymer which retains its excellent mechanical properties - including fatigue and creep resistance - over a broad temperature range in humid and chemically aggressive environments. Amodel® is used for demanding automotive and industrial applications where it must withstand prolonged exposure to high heat, high humidity and aggressive chemicals, such as bio-diesel in fuel systems in cars or glycols and sulfuric acid in industrial installations. It is also used for electronic connectors and reflectors for surface mounted high brightness LED's. Amodel® has also been used for some internal parts in the throttle box and for the top view LED cups of the exclusively solar powered airplane of Solar Impulse. More information about Amodel® is available here.

About Solvay

Solvay is an international industrial Group active in Chemistry. It offers a broad range of products and solutions that contribute to improving quality of life. The Group is headquartered in Brussels and employs 17,000 people in 40 countries. In 2009, its consolidated sales amounted to €8.5 billion.

Sources: Solvay


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