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Solvay boosts light stabilizers capacity at West Virginia site

January 17/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvays new high molecular weight (HMW) hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) capacity is now online, complementing existing HALS production at the Willow Island, West Virginia, USA, site, according to Kemicalinfo.

The facility was designed with the latest improvements in technology to ensure operator safety, reduce impact on the environment, and improve the quality and consistency of Solvays HALS products.

"We decided to expand our capacity to better meet the needs of our customers," explained Ning Chen, Vice President, Polymer Additives for Solvays Technology Solutions global business unit. "This investment provides peace of mind to our clients, ensuring security of supply and a faster response from Solvay, a technology leader and industry reference in light stabilization. With it, we are well-positioned to continue delivering innovative solutions and growing with our customers."
The core HALS products currently produced at the site are the foundation for the CYNERGY and CYXTRA polymer additives product families that are used to transform polyolefin plastics into advanced polymers for specialty applications in building and construction, agricultural films, and a host of consumer and industrial uses.

Solvays specialty HMW HALS technology protects polyolefins against degradation caused by exposure to light and thermal forces, extending the lifetime of plastics in outdoor applications.

As MRC wrote before, in July 2016, Solvay completed the divestment of its shareholding in Inovyn (London), bringing to an end Solvay's chlorvinyls joint venture with Ineos. Inovyn was formed on 1 July 2015 as a jv between Ineos and SolVin, a subsidiary of Solvay. Solvay and Ineos signaled their decision to end their chlorvinyls jv in March 2016.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated consumption of unmixed PVC was 857,450  tonnes in January-November 2019, up 4% year on year. Emulsion and suspension PVC (EPVC and SPVC) markets showed an increase in supplies. November consumption of SPVC (excluding exports to Belarus) decreased to 70,620 tonnes from 71,720 tonnes in October. Some producers reduced PVC production in November, which affected export sales. Overall shipments of suspension to the Russian market totalled  736,570 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2019, up by 3% year on year. Local producers managed to increase suspension output by 3%, whereas exports grew by 24%.

Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end-markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Its lightweighting materials promote cleaner mobility, its formulations optimize the use of resources, and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 24,500 employees in 61 countries. Net sales were EUR10.3 billion in 2018, with 90% from activities where Solvay ranks among the worlds top 3 leaders, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 22%.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PVC, EPVC, SPVC, adhesives, INOVYN, Solvay, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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