Solvay S.A.: Solvay raises global sulfone polymer production with new Indian unit and U.S. expansions

Brussels, October  5,  2017 ---  Solvay  is expanding  its  global  production 
capacity in  sulfone  polymers in  India  and  the United  States  to  address 
significant  demand  growth  from  mainly  the  medical  and  water  treatment 
industries for this high-performance thermoplastic material.

As part of Solvay's earlier announced  plan to lift sulfone polymers  capacity 
by more than 35% in the next 5 years. Solvay is constructing a new  production 
unit,  dedicated  to  polyethersulfone  (PESU)  in  Panoli,  India.   Capacity 
increases are also occurring in the U.S. at Solvay's polymer and monomer units
in  Marietta  (Ohio)  and  Augusta  (Georgia),  via  investment  and   process 
optimizations.

"Solvay's expansion firms up  our leading position  in sulfone polymers  which 
benefit  from  booming  demand  in  fast-growing  industries  such  as   water 
purification and  healthcare,"  said  Augusto Di  Donfrancesco,  President  of 
Solvay's Specialty Polymers Global Business  Unit. "Our customers can rely  on 
us for their long term  supply worldwide from such  key regions as the  United 
States and Asia."

Construction of the new unit in Panoli is underway and production should reach
full capacity mid 2019.

Solvay's sulfone  polymers  Radel®  PPSU  (polyphenylsulfone),  Veradel®  PESU 
(polyethersulfone) and  Udel® PSU  (polysulfone)  are applied  in a  range  of 
highly competitive  industries,  such  as  aerospace,  automotive,  water  and 
electronics as well as consumer and construction markets.

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