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Daikin to Expand FEP & ETFE Melt Processible Fluoropolymer Capacity in its Alabama Facility

SpecialChem / Aug 11, 2011

Daikin America, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. of Osaka, Japan has announced a $60 million capital investment to expand FEP and ETFE melt processible fluoropolymer capacity in its Decatur, Alabama facility. The expansion will be completed in October 2012 and will increase both ETFE and FEP supply by over 50%.

Worldwide demand for fluoropolymers is increasing and as the global economies continue to recover, the need for specialty, melt processible grades such as FEP and ETFE is growing sharply. "Application areas such as wire and cable, photovoltaic (PV), aerospace, and automotive are just some of the major markets where FEP and ETFE are seeing increased use," said Donald Shaw, Director of Sales for Daikin America.

"With tight supply in both product lines, we are accelerating the installation of this capacity to meet our customer's needs. The newly installed capacity will be evenly split between FEP and ETFE," Shaw went on to say. "This expansion was conceived and planned prior to the recession of 2008, and the strong recovery we have experienced has finally allowed for final approval of this plan," said Gary Stanitis, Director of Marketing at Daikin America.

"The bulk of the immediate demand growth is for FEP, driven by the strength of the plenum cable market. Daikin remains strongly committed to the plenum cable market, which continues to be the single largest application for fluoropolymers in North America. Also, we are projecting demand for ETFE to accelerate over the next two years, as photovoltaic and architectural film markets continue to grow and mature."

About Daikin America Inc.

Daikin America Inc., one of the largest fluoropolymer suppliers in the US, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. Daikin Industries has been in the fluorine chemistry business since 1933 and is one of the Japan's leading manufacturers of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as producer of fluorochemical products.

Source: Daikin America Inc.

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