Solvay opens fluoroelastomers facility in China

To meet rising demand for speciality polymers in key markets such as automotive and industrial, Belgium-headquartered chemicals firm Solvay has brought a new fluoroelastomers production unit online at its manufacturing site in Changshu, China.

As Solvay Specialty Polymers’ third fluorelastomer unit in the world it benefits from the site’s existing Speciality Polymers operations and infrastructure, as well as from secure raw material supplies through its joint venture with nearby Shanghai 3F New Materials Co Ltd.

From Changshu, Jiangsu Province,Solvay will supply its FKM brand Tecnoflon, which resists aggressive chemicals and heats of more than 250°C, has low-temperature elasticity and is easy to process in various different moulding techniques. Typical end-use products are gaskets, shaft seals, hoses and cables used in automotive, industrial and oil and gas applications.

“This state-of-art fluoroelastomers facility considerably strengthens our global industrial footprint, extending our reach from Europe and the United States to Asia,” said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, President of Solvay’s Speciality Polymers Global Business Unit.

At the same site,Solvay Specialty Polymers is constructing a unit for the production of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) to supply Solef. The unit is due to come on-stream by early 2017. In addition to fluoroelastomers, Solvay’s operations at Changshu include compounding, based on its AvaSpire PAEK, Kalix high-performance polyamides (HPPA), Ixef polyarylamide (PARA), Amodel polyphthalamide, Radel polyphenylsulphone (PPSU), as well the production of Polymist and Algoflon polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).


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