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Shin-Etsu to invest $500 million to boost US vinyls capacity

11:26 AM MDT | June 19, 2013

Shin-Etsu says its US subsidiary Shintech will invest $500 million to expand chlor-alkali, vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) at production sites in Louisiana. Project completion is targeted for 2015, the company says. Shintech produces chlor-alkali, VCM, and PVC at an integrated vinyls complex in Plaquemine, LA, and also operates a PVC unit at Addis, LA. Shin-Etsu says the investment will boost PVC and VCM capacities each by 300,000 m.t./year and chlor-alkali capacity by about 200,000 electrochemical units/year. The investments will lift...

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