Paris – Arkema will add Forane 1233zd blowing agent capacity in Calvert City, Kentucky, and has reached an agreement with Zibo Aofan to make the product in China.
Zibo Aofan has a facility in Changjia, Shandong, and will start with 5kT/year capacity. This is projected to be on stream in mid-2022. In Calvert City, Arkema is planning an extra 15kT/year expansion, at a cost of about $60m. This is expected to start in late 2023, the company said.
Arkema is expanding supply to meet growing demand for the blowing agent. It can be used in foam formulations to give a 20% increase in insulation, compared with existing formulations. This will make it attractive to markets such as electric vehicles, where thermal management of the batteries is important, the company said.