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Milliken to increase capacity for PP clarifier

2:06 PM MDT | April 23, 2014 | Vincent Valk

Milliken (Spartanburg, SC) announced today that it is building new capacity for a clarifying agent for polypropylene (PP) at Blacksburg, SC. The new capacity will be onstream in 2015, and the investment is the company’s "most significant capital...


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