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Business News – November 2019

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Arkema to expand PVDF plant in Changshu October 15, 2019 — Arkema (Colombes, France; www.arkema.com) will increase the capacity of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) at its Changshu, China plant by approximately 50%. The expanded capacity is scheduled to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2020.   MEGlobal’s U.S. Gulf Coast production plant officially starts up October 15, 2019 — The Equate Group (Al Ahmadi, Kuwait; www.equate.com) announced the startup of the MEGlobal Oyster Creek site in Texas. The site has achieved commercial production of fiber-grade mono-ethylene glycol. The plant has a capacity of 750,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr).   Arlanxeo invests in expansions for CR and NBR products October 10, 2019 — Arlanxeo Holding B.V. (Maastricht, the Netherlands; www.arlanxeo.com) completed a turnaround at its chloroprene rubber (CR) plant in Dormagen, Germany, allowing for production of up to 70,000 m.t./yr of CR. In addition to its investment in Dormagen, Arlanxeo has also already made substantial progress modernizing its nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) plant in La Wantzenau, France.   Trinseo to build thermoplastic elastomer pilot plant in Taiwan October 7, 2019 — Trinseo (Berwyn,…
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