BERWYN, Pa.—Styron L.L.C. is planning to expand its styrene-butadiene latex capacity at its Zhangjiagang, China, production facility.
The additional capacity is expected to meet growing demand for latex in China's paper and paper board industry, which is projected to grow significantly over the next few years, Styron said.
The new unit should begin production in the fourth quarter of 2012, and will be adjacent to Styron's existing latex manufacturing units at Zhangjiagang. The company said the site will complement its other latex plants in South Korea, Indonesia and Australia.
The expanded latex production facility will significantly enhance Styron's ability to help regional customers move to optimized product formulations, the company said.
“The expansion at the Zhangjiagang site allows us to continue our strong tradition of being close to our customers to help them develop their next generation of products, and also meets the growing and diverse needs of markets served by our performance latex business,” said Marco Levi, vice president, emulsion polymers, for Styron.