Solvay, Orbia form JV to develop US$ 850 million PVDF production facility for battery materials in North America
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Solvay, Orbia form JV to develop US$ 850 million PVDF production facility for battery materials in North America

Joint venture will create the largest PVDF production facility for battery materials in the region

  • By ICN Bureau | November 03, 2023

Solvay and Orbia announced their entry into a joint venture (JV) framework agreement to create a partnership for the production of suspension-grade polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), creating the largest capacity in North America.

With more than half of US car sales projected to be electric by 2030, demand for lithium-ion batteries and PVDF, a thermoplastic fluoropolymer used as a lithium-ion binder and separator coating, is revving up. The Solvay-Orbia joint venture would fill a significant supply gap and will build upon favorable regulatory conditions promoting regional production and material security.

Solvay, a global leader in PVDF, brings process technology and unparalleled global market know-how to this venture. With a vertically-integrated value chain and material holdings, Orbia’s Fluorinated Solutions business Koura and Polymer Solutions business Vestolit will supply hydrofluoric acid, vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and chlorine respectively. In combination, Solvay’s Solef PVDF innovations and Orbia’s raw material assets and production expertise will enable delivery of PVDF that optimizes energy storage efficiency by increasing battery energy-density, safety and power.

The total investment is estimated to be around US$850 million, and is expected to be funded in part by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy of US$178 million to Solvay to build a facility in Augusta, Georgia.

Solvay and Orbia intend to use two production sites, one for raw materials and the other for finished product, located in the southeastern United States. Both plants are expected to be fully operational by 2026. Commencement of the joint venture is subject to finalizing and entering into definitive agreements between the parties and satisfaction of customary conditions, including obtaining regulatory approvals.

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