By: Frank Esposito
June 19, 2013
Shintech Inc. will add almost 700 million pounds of PVC capacity as part of a $500 million expansion of its plants in Louisiana.
Shintech's parent firm — Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. of Tokyo — said in a June 19 news release that the firm will addd 660 million pounds of PVC capacity in Louisiana by 2015. Houston-based Shintech makes PVC in Plaquemine and Addis, La.
The project also will include 660 million pounds of new capacity for PVC feedstock vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and 440 million pounds of new capacity for caustic soda.
Officials said that Shintech has been expanding its sales in the United States and in emerging markets as well. The company added that the Plaquemine site has been running at capacity.