Arkema expands fluoropolymer production capacity in U.S.

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In Kentucky, Arkema will increase fluoropolymer (Kynar PVDF) capacity at its Calvert City plant by some 20%. This investment, scheduled to start mid-2018, further supports Arkema’s ambition to accelerate the development of its advanced materials.

Having successfully completed a similar expansion at its Changshu, China plant earlier this year, Arkema now invests in the United States. This new capacity will enable them to support its customers’ growth in America, particularly in emerging applications such as water filtration and in traditional markets such as the chemical process industry and high performance cables (automobile, fiber optics, oil industry).

As reported in NUU in July, Arkema is also expanding in Asia with an investment of about $342.2 million (300 million Euros) over the next five years to increase global production of its biosourced polyamide 11 by 50 percent.