Eliokem, a specialty chemical company continues its expansion and investments in China with the construction of a new manufacturing facility in response to a growing demand for specialty vinyl pyridine lattices in Asia.
With a total area of 30,000 sqm the new manufacturing plant will be commissioned in 2nd half of 2010. The first phase is dedicated to VP latex manufacturing and is expected to expand the global Pliocord production capacity of the Group including the existing Le Havre facility in France to approximately 20,000 metric tons per year.
Located in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park of Caojing, the plant will allow the company to achieve the largest worldwide production of VP latex. Moreover, the site benefits from 44,000 sqm of additional land and the proximity of a wide variety of other petrochemical raw materials for further expansions.
“As we believe being close to our customers is essential for long-term business sustainability, we are working with our strategic suppliers and business partners to follow us there to ensure the long term future of the venture” stated Olivier Faussadier, Director International Development.
With local technical service,and first class logistics, Eliokem is ideally positioned to serve the growing local and regional Asian markets. Pliocord VP Latex is primarily used in the production of tire cord fabric providing critical adhesion of the cord to the tire’s rubber. Approximately one in three radial passenger cars tires worldwide uses Pliocord VP Latex.