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Sun Chemical building new PPS production line in Wisconsin

The new PPS compounds production line is scheduled to begin operation in the fall of 2020, and is the company's first-ever North American production line for its polyphenylene sulfide compounds.


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March 21, 2019 by Canadian Plastics

Sun Chemical has announced plans to build its first-ever North American production line for its polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds at its DIC Imaging Products USA facility in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

The new PPS compounds production line is scheduled to begin operation in the fall of 2020. Combined with four other manufacturing sites located in Japan, China, Southeast Asia and Europe, the investment in North America will increase DIC Corporation’s overall annual PPS compounds production capacity by 3,000 metric tons to 46,000 metric tons.

“The decision to establish a production line in the United States is our response in meeting the expanding demand for PPS in North America and ensures a stable supply, shortened lead times and reinforces our ability to develop products that satisfy the quality requirements of our customers,” said Mehran Yazdani, president of Sun Chemical Advanced Materials.

PPS compounds are super-engineered plastics that are used widely as an alternative to metal materials in automotive components and other products, and are growing in popularity: The global market for PPS compounds is expected to be 20 per cent higher in 2021 than in 2017.

Headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., Sun Chemical produces pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with its parent company DIC Corp., Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than US$7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees worldwide.