Arkema to Produce Polyamide 12 in China Mid-2020
Arkema has announced a 25% expansion in its global polyamide 12 polymers production capacities to reportedly support its customers’ strong demand in Asia. Commercialized under the trademark Rilsamid®, this new capacity is expected to be added to Arkema’s Changshu platform in China by mid-2020. According to the company, this investment plan continues to reinforce Arkema’s specialty polyamide business in all three major global regions — Europe, North America, and now Asia.
The investment, which represents tens of millions of euros, will support the 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 company stated. The mid-term growth rates in these applications are expected to exceed 7% per year in Asia.
“This project announcement is the latest of several major investments in specialty polyamides in Asia to support the momentum of our advanced materials offer in the region,” said Julie Zhang, regional president of Arkema’s Technical Polymers business in Asia. “It’s energizing for our customers to see how quickly we are evolving into a local sourcing supplier, into a world-class manufacturing presence in Asia with R&D and service to match.”