Dielectric Properties for Digitalization, Electro Mobility and Autonomous Driving
Corrosion-resistant linings for pipes and vessels in chemical process technology continue to be an important market for PTFE in Western Europe
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These seven companies owned 60% of the global production capacity for fluoroplastics in 2018. To meet the steadily increasing demand for fluoroplastics, the companies have taken numerous steps in recent years [l]. AGC, the world’s largest producer of ETFE, is planning further capacity expansions in the coming years. For 2019 a significant expansion of capacities for the special grade Fluon+ EA-2000, which is mainly used in the semiconductor industry, is planned. Arkema expanded its PVDF capacity in the USA by 20% in 201 8, after almost doubling its production in China to 12kt in 2014. Further expansion is planned for 2022. By the end of 2018, Chemours had expanded its production capacity for PFA at its Parkersburg site by 25%. The company even plans to double its PFA capacity by 2021.
In September 2014, Daikin commissioned a new production facility for FEP with a capacity of 6kt/a in Changshu, China. In future, the company intends to focus more on the development of fluoroplastics for the semiconductor industry and plans to expand its capacities in Kashima and Settsu by 2022. At the beginning of 2015, Dyneon commissioned its pilot plant for the recycling of PTFE at the Gendorf site in Germany, which, with a capacity of 500t/a, is currently the largest of its kind. Solvay plans to increase production capacity for its Solef PVDF grades by 35% by the end of 201 9. The Shandong Dongye Group, currently operates the world’s largest PTFE production plant with a capacity of 45kt/a (as of 2018). Over the next five years, the company plans to invest further in fluoroplastics, including the elimination of bottienecks in PTFE, FEP, PVDF and PFA.