Solvay, headquartered in Brussels, is expanding its global production capacity in sulfone polymers in India and the United States to meet the significant growing demand mainly from the medical and water treatment industries for this high-performance thermoplastic material.
Solvay has plans to increase production capacity of sulfone polymers by 35% in the next 5 years. Solvay is setting up a new production unit, to produce polyethersulfone (PESU) in Panoli, India, which is under construction and is likely to reach full production capacity by mid-2019. Addition of capacity are also in process in the U.S. at Solvay’s polymer and monomer units in Marietta (Ohio) and Augusta (Georgia), via investment and process optimizations.
Augusto Di Donfrancesco, President of Solvay’s Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit, commented, “Solvay’s expansion firms up our leading position in sulfone polymers which benefit from booming demand in fast-growing industries such as water purification and healthcare. Our customers can rely on us for their long-term supply worldwide from such key regions as the United States and Asia.”
Solvay’s sulfone polymers Radel PPSU (polyphenylsulfone), Veradel PESU (polyethersulfone) and Udel PSU (polysulfone) are applied in a range of highly competitive industries, such as aerospace, automotive, water, and electronics as well as consumer and construction markets.
Solvay, a multi-specialty chemical company, innovates and partners with customers in diverse global end markets such as in planes, cars, smart and medical devices, batteries, in mineral and oil extraction, among many other applications promoting sustainability.