LYON, France (June 8)—Rhodia Silicones will spend about $37 million to hike production capacity for silicone raw materials 30 percent at its Roussillon, France, production unit, and at its downstream facility in Saint-Fons, company officials said. The two-year investment will lead to a 30-percent increase in production capacity for methyl chlorosilanes—the raw materials used to manufacture silicones—by the year 2002, according to the company. The capacity increase will be linked to process improvements and increased raw materials integration such as silica and hydrochloric acid.
Rhodia to lift silicone output
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