The board of a Solvay affiliate - Solvay Indupa, has approved a further US$135 mln investment program to expand and increase the competitiveness of its vinyls production plant at Santo Andre, Brazil. Also included in this second stage of expansion will be an integrated plant to produce ethylene with ethanol originating from sugar cane. Santo Andre will become the first industrial project in the Americas to implement renewable, green resources for PVC production. Ethylene is one of the two main feedstocks needed for the manufacture PVC, along with chlorine, which is produced through a salt-based electrolysis process.
Upon completion of expansion by 2010, Solvay Indupa will have an installed capacity of 360,000 tpa of PVC, 360,000 tpa of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), 235,000 tpa of Caustic Soda and 60,000 tpa of bio-ethylene.