Solvay expands global production of sulfone polymers in India and US


Belgian chemical company Solvay is set to expand its global production capacity in sulfone polymers, a high-performance thermoplastic material, in India and the US.

The company aims to raise the global production in order to meet the growing demand particularly from medical and water treatment industries.

The expansion is part of the chemical company’s prior plan to increase sulfone polymers capacity by more than 35% over the next five years.

To this end, Solvay is currently building a new production facility in Panoli, India, to manufacture polyethersulfone (PESU).

Through investment and process optimisations, the company is also increasing the production capacity in the US at its polymer and monomer facilities in Marietta, Ohio and Augusta, Georgia.

"Solvay's expansion firms up our leading position in sulfone polymers, which benefit from booming demand in fast-growing industries."

Solvay Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit president Augusto Di Donfrancesco said: “Solvay's expansion firms up our leading position in sulfone polymers, which benefit from booming demand in fast-growing industries such as water purification and healthcare.

“Our customers can rely on us for their long-term supply worldwide from such key regions as the US and Asia.”

Currently, construction work on the new facility in India is underway and production of sulfone polymers is expected to reach full capacity by the middle of 2019.

Solvay’s sulfone polymers, which include Veradel PESU, Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) and Udel polysulfone (PSU), are applied in a wide range of industries, such as aerospace, automotive, water and electronics, in addition to consumer and construction markets.


Image: Solvay’s sulfone polymers are used in a wide range of highly competitive industries. Photo: © Solvay.