In anticipation of continued steady growth in the lithium-ion battery market for electric vehicles, Arkema Group plans to increase capacity of high-performance polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) dedicated to this market at its Changshu plant by approximately 50%. The investment further supports the Group’s ambition to accelerate growth in Advanced Materials.
This latest PVDF expansion by Arkema Group follows two earlier expansions to its worldwide Kynar® PVDF capacity in 2012 and 2017 and is expected to come onstream by the end of 2020.
Sources estimate 2019 PVDF production capacity at the site to be roughly 12ktpy. A 50% expansion would, therefore, increase capacity to 18ktpy. Together with the company’s other PVDF plants at Calvert City in Kentucky,USA and Pierre-Bénite in France, Arkema Group will soon have an estimated PVDF capacity of more than 38ktpy worldwide. The latest expansion is consistent with Arkema’s strategy to supply its customers from plants located in the same region.
In the following interview with Proactive Investors (December 2019), Roskill’s Dr Adam Coggins describes the potential growth opportunity for fluoropolymer applications in lithium-ion battery separators.
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