Due to strong demand for lithium-ion batteries and other important markets, Arkema’s previously announced 35% fluoropolymer capacity increase at its Changshu site in China has been revised upward to a capacity increase of 50%. The additional capacity increase will not change the startup date, which is expected to be near the end of this year.
With this PVDF capacity increase, Arkema reports that it is accelerating its development in China in order to meet demand from customers in the lithium-ion battery business and support growth in the water filtration, specialty coatings, and semiconductor sectors. The company also recently announced a 50% PVDF capacity increase at its Pierre-Bénite site in France, which is scheduled to come on stream in the first quarter of 2023.
“We are committed to supporting the growth of our customers,” said Erwoan Pezron, senior vice president of Arkema’s High Performance Polymers. “We continue to innovate and grow together, driven by strong enduser demand for sustainable solutions.”
Additional details are available at www.arkema.com.