At the start of January 2019, façade and ceiling cladding specialist CertainTeed (Malvern, Pennsylvania / USA; www.certainteed.com
) closed down PVC production at Lake Charles, Louisiana / USA. The company told PIE that its raw material supply options are no longer economically viable over the long term.
PIEs Polyglobe database (www.polyglobe.net
) shows that the plant, which had been in operation for 43 years, had a capacity of 220,000 t/y. PVC will now be bought in from external suppliers. The plant at Lake Charles was the only PVC production plant operated by CertainTeeds parent company Saint-Gobain (Paris / France; www.saint-gobain.com
The US subsidiary has around 6,300 employees at 60 production sites in the US and Canada. It generated sales of USD 3.7 bn (EUR 3.24 bn) in 2017. Saint-Gobain spun off the PVC pipe business from the US company in 2013 and sold it to North American Pipe, a subsidiary of Westlake Chemical (Houston, Texas / USA; www.westlake.com
) see Plasteurope.com of 12.03.2013