Solvay invests to double its HMW HALS manufacturing capacity in Willow Island, WV, USA

Solvay invests to double its HMW HALS manufacturing capacity in Willow Island,
                                   WV, USA

PR Newswire

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 4, 2017

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Solvay will invest to double the
capacity of its Technology Solutions global business unit's high molecular
weight (HMW) hindered amine light stabilizers (HALS) production facility in
Willow Island, West Virginia, USA.

The core HALS products currently produced at the site are the foundations for
the CYNERGY® and CYXTRA® polymer additive product families that enable Solvay
customers to transform the performance characteristics of polyolefin plastics
into advanced polymers for specialty applications in building and
construction, agricultural films and a host of consumer and industrial uses.

"As the leading global specialty HALS supplier, this investment is a
commitment to our customers, giving them the peace of mind that comes with
surety of supply and added confidence to continue to innovate new and novel
solutions for their own customers," explained Domenico Romanino, Senior Vice
President, Additive Technologies.

The investment is for a second, fully independent HMW HALS manufacturing unit
to complement the existing line at Willow Island and is slated to be
operational by mid-2019. Solvay will leverage the site's technological and
operational talent and expertise, as well as the raw material and supply chain
already in place to accelerate the unit's build out.

Specialty HMW HALS technology provides UV light stabilization and other
properties to extend the life and performance of plastics in outdoor
conditions and applications, offering  the  opportunity to lightweight parts
by successfully replacing metals, glass, wood and other less efficient and
versatile materials.

Solvay is a multi-specialty chemical company, committed to developing
chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and
partners with customers in diverse global end markets. Its products and
solutions are used in planes, cars, smart and medical devices, batteries, in
mineral and oil extraction, among many other applications promoting
sustainability. Its lightweighting materials enhance cleaner mobility, its
formulations optimize the use of resources and its performance chemicals
improve air and water quality. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around
27,000 employees in 58 countries. Net sales were € 10.9 billion in 2016, with
90% from activities where Solvay ranks among the world's top 3 leaders. Solvay
SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB -
Reuters: SOLB.BR) and in the United States its shares (SOLVY) are traded
through a level-1 ADR program.

 

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SOURCE Solvay

Contact: Mark Wheeler, Technology Solutions GBU, +1 609 860 3910,
mark.wheeler@solvay.com
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