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Arkema extends production of polyamides in China

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To complement its major project in the bio-based polyamide 11, Arkema has announced a 25% expansion in its global polyamide 12 polymers production capacities to support customer demand in Asia.

The company has announced an investment plan to increase its capacity of polyamide 12 polymers by 25%, commercialised under Rilsamid®. This new capacity will be added at Arkema’s Changshu platform in China and is expected to come on stream by mid-2020.

This investment, which represents several tens of millions of euros, will support strong demand in growth applications such as cable protection, lightweighting (metal replacement) in automobiles, improved high performance sports shoes (running, soccer, etc.) and evolving applications in the consumer electronics segment.

The mid-term growth rates in these applications are expected to exceed 7% per year in Asia.

With this latest project, the specialty polyamides business will continue to bolster its industrial, commercial and R&D presence in Asia, and confirms its commitment to supply its global customers locally.

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