THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - Taiwanese polymer industry supplier Dahin Co. Ltd. plans to double capacity for thermoplastic polyurethanes from 13.2 million pounds per year, at a cost of $8 million. The expansion, at its Chu Nan plant in the Miaoli prefecture, will come on stream at the end of 1996 or beginning of 1997, Cheper C.P. Chen, factory director at Dahin's Tung Lo plant, said in an interview at the UTECH '96 meeting at The Hague.
Dahin is a major domestic supplier of TPUs, but plans also to export to Japan and to Europe. Chen said Dahin sees good growth for TPUs - 15-20 percent a year - vs. growth for PU construction materials, one of Dahin's other PU products, of only 10 percent annually.
Dahin now has a European base, acquired through the purchase of phthalic anhydride producer Atmosa Petrochim GmbH, based in Schwechat-Mannsworth near Vienna, Austria.
Dahin plans to expand its exports to Europe via this office, Chen said, adding that he will move to the Austrian office by the end of 1996, to organize the European sales operation.