Germany/USA: Chlor-Alkali, PVC & VCM Westlake to Expand Capacities at Three Facilities

Editor: Alexander Stark

Westlake Chemical will expand capacities for the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) at its plants located in Burghausen and Gendorf, Germany, as well at its US site located in Geismar.

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Westlake Chemical headquarters in Houston
Westlake Chemical headquarters in Houston
(Source: Westlake Chemical)

Houston/USA — The expansion projects are expected to add approximately 750 million pounds annually of additional PVC and approximately 200 million pounds annually of additional VCM to the company’s production. Specialty PVC will be expanded at Burghausen and suspension PVC will be expanded at Geismar. VCM production will be expanded at Geismar and Gendorf. In addition, chlor-alkali production will be expanded at the Gendorf facility, adding approximately 55 million pounds annually of chlorine capacity and the associated 60 million pounds annually of membrane caustic soda capacity.

The expansions in Burghausen and Geismar are expected to be completed in 2019. The Gendorf expansions are expected to be completed in 2020 and 2021.

The chlor-alkali, PVC and VCM capacity expansions in Germany will be the company's first since it completed the acquisition of its Vinnolit subsidiary in 2014. According to Westlake Chemical President and CEO Albert Chao, these PVC and VCM expansions support the integrated vinyl products chain.

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