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Arkema abandons PVDF expansion in France following protests by workers

3:52 PM MST | December 4, 2012 | Ian Young

Arkema says it has abandoned a €70-million project to increase capacity for the company's Kynar polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) fluoropolymer at Pierre-Bénite near Lyon, France following opposition from members of the site's workforce to a reorganization that would have accompanied the plans. The project, developed by Arkema since last year, would have raised PVDF capacity at Pierre-Bénite by 50% by 2014 and modernized the site. The investment would also have enabled Arkema to increase production at Saint-Auban, France for 1,1,1-trichloroethane...

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