Solvay hiking Polymer Capacity | March 14, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 11 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 11 | p. 22 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 14, 2011

Solvay hiking Polymer Capacity

Department: Business
Keywords: fluoropolymers, photovoltaics, batteries

Solvay plans to expand capacity for its Solef polyvinylidene fluoride line at its Tavaux, France, site by 50%. The company expects to complete the $36 million project next year. Solef is used in oil and gas extraction, binders for lithium-ion batteries, photovoltaic power, semiconductor manufacturing, and water purification membranes. Solvay estimates the market for the polymer has been growing at a 10% annual rate for the past five years. The company expanded capacity by 30% in 2009.

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