Shin-Etsu PVC BV in the Netherlands will expand its VCM production capacity from 500,000 tpy to 600,000 tpy. The expansion work is scheduled for completion in October 2003. In 1999 Shin-Etsu Chemical acquired the VCM (vinyl chloride monomer)/PVC (polyvinyl chloride resin) business venture of Shell Chemical Ltd. and Akzo Nobel Chemical NV. In 2000, production and sales of VCM and PVC began under the newly named company Shin-Etsu PVC BV. With the prospect of a growing demand for PVC in Europe, the company decided to expand its intermediary raw material VCM plant. At the same time, its PVC manufacturing facility will improve its processes and expand its production capacity by about 10%, from 400,000tpy to about 440,000tpy.
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