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Japan’s Kaneka Ups Vinyl In The U.S.

by Jean-François Tremblay
August 5, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 31

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).

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