Arkema Plans Polyamide 11 Powders Facility In China

Oct. 12, 2021
This investment will reportedly support a growing demand for advanced bio-circular materials in Asia.

In parallel with a project to increase global capacity of bio-based polyamide 11 by 50% in Singapore, Arkema announces the construction of a polyamide 11 powders plant on its Changshu platform in China. The plant is scheduled to come on stream in the first quarter of 2023. The investment will reportedly support a growing demand for advanced bio-circular materials in Asia.

Rilsan polyamide 11 powders, currently produced in France entirely from renewable castor beans, are recognized for their toughness, durability, light weight and processing versatility, according to Arkema. They are used in very demanding applications and reportedly provide solutions for fast-growing markets driven by trends such as durable home appliances, energy-efficient transport and advanced additive manufacturing (3D printing) primarily for consumer, industrial, and aerospace markets.

Beyond the bio-based nature of the powder, the project will also contribute to Arkema’s sustainability commitments by using highly efficient manufacturing processes and by being physically closer to the new amino 11 plant in Singapore, according to the company. The expansion goes hand in hand with the company’s major polyamide 11 plant currently under construction in Singapore, which is on track to start production mid-2022, and is included in the €450 million exceptional capital expenditure envelope dedicated to polyamide expansion in Asia.

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