Kaneka will spend $50 million to expand its chlorinated polyvinyl chloride plant in Bayport, Texas. The investment will boost capacity by 20,000 metric tons to a total of 50,000 metric tons per year. Featuring high heat resistance, CPVC is used in making hot-water pipes and fire sprinkler systems. The material’s market appears to be heating up. In March, Lubrizol announced a $400 million investment program to build CPVC plants in Texas, Thailand, and India (C&EN, March 25, page 22).