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Arkema’s deal with Taiwanese and closure of PVC plant
Arkema is joining forces with Taiwanese chemicals manufacturer Chang Chun Petrochemicals to distribute its EVOH copolymers.

This worldwide agreement means that Arkema will have exclusive distributorship for its Evasin EVOH in Europe. EVOH is a speciality copolymer with very high barrier properties to gas (oxygen, carbon dioxide), aromatics and hydrocarbons. These characteristics, together with excellent transparency and good processability, have made this the reference product among barrier polymers, in particular for multi-layer food packaging, automotive fuel tank and heating pipe markets. Chang Chun Petrochemicals is the world’s third largest EVOH producer.

In other news, Arkema is planning to close its oldest plant for PVC output to improve the competitiveness of its production at its Balan site in France. It has three plants at the site with an overall capacity of 325,000 tonnes. The French company will close the smallest and oldest plant with an output of 30,000 tonnes plant and modernise the other two. The move is planned for the second quarter of next year.

 
 
 
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