Arkema Completes Expansion In China

Chemicals company Arkema has announced that it has successfully started up the 30 percent expansion of its Photocure advanced liquid resin production plant in Nansha. The company has inaugurated the new production line at the plant located south of Canton, China. The new line will cater to the demands in the electronics, adhesives, 3D printing and inkjet printing applications in the Asian market. The investment comes as a part of Sartomer’s plans to develop innovative solutions for advanced and sustainable curing technologies. The new line will be dedicated to the production of high-quality LED, UV, and EB (electron beam) liquid resins. These resins are responsible for improved efficiency and performance benefits for photocuring systems engaged in applications where they facilitate the production and design of printed circuits such as smartphones, television screens, and other electronics.

The advanced solvent-free specialty liquid resins are environment-friendly and comply with the global standards relating to a volatile organic compound (VOC) low emissions. These compounds demonstrate Arkema’s strategy to develop and offer sustainable solutions in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The line will also undertake the production of Sartomer’s N3xtDimension resins for 3D printing. Sartomer has production sites located in Europe, Asia, and the United States and is a leading company for specialty Photocure resins. It also works in proximity to its customers to provide them with high-quality technical support.

Arkema North America along with one of its executives was indicted by a Texas grand jury this week on assault charges. The jury has alleged that the company underplayed the risks associated with the fire that started and injured two emergency workers who were called to the site during the fire. The company and its Vice President, Logistics, Michael Keough have been charged with “reckless assault” of two sheriff’s deputies by falsifying the hazards of chemicals that were emitted during a fire after Hurricane Harvey.


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