Solvay expands sulfone polymer production in India, US

Solvay expands sulfone polymer production in India, US

7:19 AM, 6th October 2017
Solvay expands sulfone polymer production in India, US
Addresses significant demand growth from mainly the medical and water treatment industries for this high-performance thermoplastic material.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay SA said that it is expanding its global production capacity in sulfone polymers in India and US. This is in the row to address significant demand growth from mainly the medical and water treatment industries for this high-performance thermoplastic material.

As part of Solvay’s earlier announced plan to lift sulfone polymers capacity by more than 35 percent in the next 5 years, Solvay is constructing a new production unit, dedicated to polyethersulfone (PESU) in Panoli, India.

Capacity increases are also occurring in US at Solvay’s polymer and monomer units in Marietta (Ohio) and Augusta (Georgia), through investment and process optimizations.

Construction of the new unit in Panoli is underway and production should reach full capacity mid-2019.

Solvay’s sulfone polymers Radel PPSU (polyphenylsulfone), Veradel PESU (polyethersulfone) and Udel PSU (polysulfone) are applied in a range of highly competitive industries, such as aerospace, automotive, water and electronics as well as consumer and construction markets.

“Solvay's expansion firms up our leading position in sulfone polymers which benefit from booming demand in fast-growing industries such as water purification and healthcare. Our customers can rely on us for their long-term supply worldwide from such key regions as the United States and Asia,” said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, president of Solvay's speciality polymers global business unit.

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