Arkema will increase production capacity of fluoropolymer (Kynar PVDF) by about 20% at its Calvert City plant in the United States. The expansion of the current capacity of the plant is motivated by the strong demand in the new energies and water management markets as well as in more traditional applications such as chemical process industry and high-performance cables. On the celebration of Capital Markets Day, Arkema briefed about its expansion strategy and the decision for this investment. The expansion of the plant is scheduled to start mid-2018, which further supports Arkema’s ambition to accelerate the development of its advanced materials, one of the key pillars of its future growth.
Arkema operates fluoropolymer production facilities on the three major continents – Europe, North America and Asia and is keen to further consolidate its world-leading position in PVDF marketed under the Kynar brand through this investment.
Earlier this year, Arkema has successfully completed a similar expansion at its Changshu plant in China. Arkema is now investing in the United States. This new capacity will enable the Group to support its customers’ growth in America, particularly in emerging applications such as water filtration, chemical process industry and high-performance cables (automobile, fiber optics, oil industry).
Erwoan Pezron, Global Group President for Arkema’s Technical Polymers, said, “Over the last five decades, the Calvert City plant has proven itself to be outstanding for efficiency, quality, and innovation. This latest investment, which will also make the Kynar PVDF global supply chain even more flexible, will enable us to support the fast growth of our customers, in particular in the United States, with ever more innovative products suited to their evolving needs”