Solvay Starts up New Fluoroelastomers Plant in China
Solvay SA, Brussels, Belgium, has begun production at its new fluoroelastomers (FKM) plant in Changshu, China, as part of its ongoing strategic site expansion, to meet booming demand for its specialty polymers from Asia’s fast-growing automotive industry and multiple other high-end markets.
As Solvay Specialty Polymers’ third fluorelastomer unit in the world it benefits from the site’s existing Specialty Polymers operations and infrastructure, as well as from secure raw material supplies through its joint venture with nearby Shanghai 3F New Material Co., Ltd.. From Changshu, Jiangsu Province, Solvay will supply its FKM brand Tecnoflon which resists aggressive chemicals and heats of more than 250°C and is easy to process in various different molding techniques. Typical end-use products are gaskets, shaft seals, hoses and cables used in automotive, industrial and oil and gas applications.
At the same site, Solvay Specialty Polymers is constructing a unit for the production of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) to supply Solef. The unit is due to come on-stream by early 2017. In addition to fluoroelastomers, Solvay’s operations at Changshu include compounding, based on its specialty polymers resins.
Would you like to subscribe to our Newsletters on plastics technology and profit from the latest information?
Looking for a new challenge? Check out our jobs market!
Patents encourage innovation: Stay on the ball with the latest innovations in the plastics industry in our patents section.