Solvay Increases Sulfone Polymer Production
Solvay S.A., Brussels, Belgium, is expanding its global production capacity in sulfone polymers in India and the United States 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% in the next five years, Solvay is constructing a new production unit, dedicated to polyethersulfone (PESU) in Panoli, India. Construction is underway and production should reach full capacity mid-2019. Capacity increases are also occurring in the U.S. at Solvay’s polymer and monomer units in Marietta (Ohio) and Augusta (Georgia), via investment and process optimizations. According to Augusto Di Donfrancesco, President of Solvay's Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit, the expansion is necessary due to booming demand in fast-growing industries such as water purification and healthcare.
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