Speciality chemical company Arkema is investing more than €70m to increase polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) fluoropolymer production capacity by 50% at its facility in Pierre-Benite in Rhone-Alps, France.
The investment, which includes the implementation of a new effluent treatment plant and a high purity process, is expected to increase production by 2014.
Arkema said the capital expenditure will also contribute to investments for the implementation of the facility's technological risk prevention plan.
The increased fluoropolymer production will provide long-term visibility for fluorochemicals activity in France as well as consolidate the production chain at Arkema's Pierre-Benite and Saint-Auban sites, the latter of which produces monomer for some of the fluorogases, according to the company.
PVDF, a specialty plastic material used in applications requiring resistance to solvents, acids, bases, heat and low smoke generation during a fire event, is used as insulation on electrical wires, wire wrap circuit assembly and printed circuit board rework.
In addition to its Pierre-Benite, Saint-Auban and Zaramillo sites, Arkema operates fluorochemicals facilities in Changshu, Jiangsu, China and Calvert, Kentucky, US.