Fortron Industries LLC, a joint venture between Ticona Engineering Polymers and Kureha Corporation, has expanded its Fortron® linear polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) plant in Wilmington. Capacity has been doubled to 15,000 metric tpa - a result of a three-year effort that has created the world's largest PPS plant.
Global demand for PPS has been growing from increased usage in the electrical, electronics, automotive, aerospace, technical textiles, filtration and many other industrial and consumer markets. PPS is a high-performance material used in demanding applications. It offers excellent chemical and thermal resistance, high hardness, rigidity and dimensional stability, and low creep and moisture absorption. It is often used instead of metals and thermosets in such applications as: auto pumps, valves, fuel rails and power trains; electronic connectors, plugs, switches and circuit boards; structural and non-structural aircraft components; and heater grilles, impellers, conveyors, power tools, microwave elements and other industrial uses.