DSM Engineering Plastics will expand its compounding capacity. This project includes new compounding lines, which will double total capacity for their Stanyl® PA46, Akulon® PA6 and Arnite® polyesters. These high-performance engineering plastics are used for instance in LCD displays, computers, games, mobile phones and cars. The existing facilities in Zhouzhuang in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province in China will be relocated to a new state of the art plant in Jiangyin Hitech Development Zone. The total investment at the new site will be some tens of millions USD. Operations at the new site will start in 2006.
DSM Composite Resins AG will build a Sizing plant on one of DSM’s existing production sites. DSM Composite Resins AG is world market leader in Sizings & Binders and is entirely focused on serving the glass fiber market worldwide under the brand name NEOXIL®. In building a new plant, DSM Composite Resins is anticipating market growth in this area. DSM plans to start up the new facility in the second half of 2006. Capital budget is estimated at around USD 7 m.
“China is a market which plays a key role in DSM’s overall growth strategy”, comments Stefan Sommer, President of DSM China. “ The expansion of the production capacities of DSM Engineering Plastics and DSM Composite Resins in China highlights DSM’s strong commitment to China. The results reflect this commitment: in 2004, DSM generated sales of EUR 420 million in China, a growth of 25 % compared to 2003.”