Successful startup of Arkema’s Kynar® fluoropolymer 50% capacity increase at its Changshu site, China

- Press release
Corporate - Finance
Arkema has brought on stream, several weeks ahead of schedule, the 50% increase in its fluorinated polymer production capacity at its Changshu site announced early 2011. This new capacity will enable the Group to consolidate its leading position in this high added value product line which offers significant growth prospects. Arkema now has major production capabilities for Kynar® PVDF on the three continents of Europe, North America and Asia, and so will be able to accommodate the growth of its customers around the world.

Based in Changshu, the new line dedicated to the production of Kynar® and its VF2 (vinylidene fluoride) monomer will bolster the Group’s presence in emerging countries, while sustaining its development in fast growing specialty products. These new capacities will enable the Group to better meet global demand for PVDF, both in traditional markets such as coatings, chemical engineering and offshore oil extraction currently experiencing strong growth, and in emerging applications like water treatment, lithium-ion batteries, and photovoltaic panels.

Thus Arkema, the world leader in PVDF, is well placed to accommodate the growth of its customers ever more effectively by offering top quality and proximity service as well as a global offering in the United States with the Calvert City site, in Europe with the Pierre-Bénite site where a 50% capacity increase has also been announced, and now in China with the Changshu site.



A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials. With operations in more than 40 countries, some 13,200 employees and 9 research centers, Arkema generates annual revenue of €5.9 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands. The world is our inspiration.