Plastics and chemicals supplier Solvay announced it will invest some €120 million ($172.5 million) in a new plant for the production of specialty plastics polyvinylidene fluoride and fluoroelastomers, plus the vinylidene fluoride monomer used to make them. Typical end use products for fluoroelastomers include O-rings, seals, gaskets and complex molded parts in highly aggressive chemical climates-think of underhood automotive parts.
Indeed, Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) said that China's automotive industry is a major reason for the new fluoroelastomer capacity. Solvay markets these materials under its Tecnoflon brand name. It markets its polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as Solef. PVDF films see use in Lithium-ion batteries, membranes for water purification and other critical applications....