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Solvay upgrades & expands operations in Brazil

By Gerald Ondrey |

Solvay S.A. (Brussels; www.solvay.com) announced today that Solvay Indupa successfully concluded its three-year, $150-million investment program to upgrade and expand the operations at its Santo André plant in Brazil by starting up a new membrane chlor-alkali unit (MCA) associated with the expansion of the downstream vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing facility. The investment program was also used to change the layout of the plant into a more innovative, safer, modern and efficient layout by merging the MCA and VCM units into one integrated facility, resulting into a reduced investment, an energetically optimized process and a productivity increase on the site. The Santo Andre plant has now a total annual VCM and PVC production capacity of 300,000 metric tons, with world-class, state-of-the-art installations. PVC is used in indoor and outdoor construction, sheathing and insulating energy, automotive, telecommunications and special cables, electro-technical equipment, fluid transport systems at low or medium pressure and packaging. The investment also includes a new unit of chlorine and caustic soda production based on the most efficient membrane technology, with consequent deactivation of…
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