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November 26, 2019 2019
Amercia PVC production capacity to expand significantly

Polyvinyl chloride plans to start production at three PVC plants in Louisiana and Germany by the end of the year.

West Lake Chemical Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Holy said, In the fourth quarter of this year, the company will add 340,000 tons of PVC per year and 90,000 tons of VCM per year after the expansion of       our PVC plants in Gasma, Louisiana, Berghausen and Gendorf, Germany. Westlake has not yet revealed how much more PVC production capacity will be added at each of these three plants But sources close to Westlake's operations said the expansion of the Gasma plant would be a major part of the overall growth. GEISMAR'S PVC expansion project will begin production in December, and production is likely to ramp up until early January.

West Lake Chemical Gasma plant currently produces 270,000 tons of PVC and 250,000 tons of VCM per year. The plant can also produce 350,000 tons of caustic soda and 320,000 tons of chlorine per year. The BORGHAUSEN and GENDORF plants were acquired by Westlake chemical in 2014 with a combined production capacity of 770,000 tonnes a year of PVC, 680,000 tonnes a year of VCM and 440,000 tonnes a year of caustic soda.

Shinco, the American subsidiary of Shin Etsu Chemical of Japan and the largest manufacturer of PVC in the United States, is expanding the entire PVC production chain at its PVC plant in plaquemines, La. , scheduled to begin production by the end of 2020. The capacity expansion will increase PVC production by 58% to more than 1 million tons per year. The company is also building a new 1 million ton per year VCM unit and is increasing production of Dichloroethane by 680,000 tons per year, chlorine by 640,000 tons per year and caustic soda by 730,000 tons per year.

Formosa plans to increase PVC production at its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, plant by 140,000 tons a year. However, the project, which was originally scheduled to begin production at the end of 2020, has now been postponed to 2021.

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