Solvay: Increase of PVDF Production Capacity
Solvay is going to increase its Solef production capacity by 50% to keep track of the continuously strong growing demand for this high added-value fluorinated specialty polymer. The capacity increase at Solvay’s Tavaux plant, France, requires an investment of EUR 26 million and will become operational in the second half of 2012.
Solvay’s Solef polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is among others used for demanding applications in oil & gas extraction, as binders and in separators in Lithium-ion batteries, in photovoltaics, in semiconductor manufacturing and in water purification membranes. Global demand for PVDF has grown the last five years by over 10% every year. The Solef PVDF production capacity in Tavaux was already expanded by some 30% in 2009.
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