Solvay to beef up capacity in India

Solvay in India Belgian firm Solvay is increasing resin production capacity at its plant in Panoli, Gujarat state in India, by 25% to support strong demand for its iultra-high performance polymers KetaSpire and AvaSpire. The materials are used in markets growing at least 8-10% annually. In transportation, these ultra-polymers replace metals and help make cars and airplanes lighter thereby reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Other key markets include healthcare, electronics and energy.

Capacity expansion of the polyaryletherketone resin, used as a base to make KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and AvaSpire polyaryletherketone (PAEK), is already underway to reach more than 1,000 tonnes/year in the third quarter of 2015.

“Demand for KetaSpire and AvaSpire resins has been growing significantly thanks to Solvay's ability to deliver innovative and tailored solutions in close relations with its customers,” said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, President of Solvay Specialty Polymers. “Today’s announcement to debottleneck capacity shows we are determined to keep pace with this growing demand worldwide and with our customers’ creativity in leveraging the features of our innovative materials.”

Ever since commissioning its PAEK resin operations in 2008, Solvay has progressively built up resin capacity at Panoli. Its major R&I centre in Savli, also located in Gujarat and about 100 km from Panoli, made important contributions to innovations that are supporting the site’s expansion, says the firm.


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