The new FKM plant located in Jiangsu Changshu Advanced Materials Industrial Park, China, is the third fluorelastomer unit that Solvay Specialty Polymers operates in the world. (Source: Jiangsu Changshu Advanced Materials Industrial Park)

The new FKM plant located in Jiangsu Changshu Advanced Materials Industrial Park, China, is the third fluorelastomer unit that Solvay Specialty Polymers operates in the world. (Source: Jiangsu Changshu Advanced Materials Industrial Park)

Located in Jiangsu Changshu Advanced Materials Industrial Park, this new FKM plant is the third fluorelastomer unit that Solvay Specialty Polymers operates in the world. And it benefits from the site’s existing Specialty Polymers operations and infrastructure.

From Changshu, Solvay will supply Tecnoflon which resists aggressive chemicals and operating temperature of more than 250°C and is easy to process with various different molding techniques. Typical end-use products are the gaskets, shaft seals and hoses used in sealing applications in the fast-growing automotive, industrial and oil and gas industries.

“The investment is an important move for Solvay to strengthen our position in China and serve our local customers with stronger supply capabilities,” said Dr. Luke C. Du, Asia Managing Director at Solvay Specialty Polymers, “We are really happy to see this state-of-art facility’s successful operation now. It is an integrated part of Solvay’s ongoing strategic expansion in the region, and by providing our high quality products for Asia’s fast-growing markets, we can meet the various demands for specialty polymers from the automotive and other high-end applications. It will also support our customers to localize their business successfully and enhance their competitive advantages in each market segment.”

At the same site, Solvay Specialty Polymers is currently constructing a unit for the production of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). The unit is due to come on-stream by early 2017 with the total combined project investment of €142 million. In addition to fluoroelastomers, Solvay’s operations at Changshu also include compounding of products based on its specialty polymers resins.

(dw)