Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) has commenced production at a new fluoroelastomers plant in Changshu, China. The facility will manufacture the company's FKM type Tecnoflon products.
As Solvay Specialty Polymers' third fluorelastomer unit globally, the production unit will benefits from the site's existing Specialty Polymers operations and infrastructure, as well as from secure raw material supplies through its joint venture with nearby Shanghai 3F New Material Co., Ltd..
Tecnoflon resists aggressive chemicals and heats of more than 250°C and is reportedly easy to process via compression, injection and transfer molding. Typical end-use products include gaskets, shaft seals and hoses used in sealing applications in the automotive, industrial and oil and gas industries.