Specialty Polymers Solvay Increases its Specialty Polymers Production Capacity

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Solvay has increased capacity by 70 per cent at its Panoli plant, for the production of its high performance polymers KetaSpire Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and AvaSpire Polyaryletherketones (PAEK). Panoli is Solvay's largest plant worldwide for these two ultra performance polymers.

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Solvay increases its specialty polymers production capacity in India
Solvay increases its specialty polymers production capacity in India
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Panoli/India – Nearly half of this capacity increase has already been implemented and successfully brought on-line. The second phase of the project will be completed by mid 2013 and will allow the plant to continue to satisfy growth in demand.

"Solvay is delighted with the growth of its line of polyketone materials and we are very excited to be adding capacity for this business that we launched just a few years ago," commented Augusto Di Donfrancesco, General Manager of the Global Business Unit Specialty Polymers. "Our focus from the start was to deliver products with consistently high quality and performance and we believe this has been a key driver in the rapid market acceptance of our KetaSpire PEEK resins. With AvaSpire PAEK, we are impressed with how innovative design engineers are capitalizing on the entirely new performance dimensions offered by these materials", added Chris Wilson, Vice President for the Spire Ultra Polymers business.