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SCHENECTADY, NY – November 14, 2014 – SI Group, Inc. announced plans today to expand Biphenol capacity in its Newport, Tennessee facility in the United States. The expansion will increase production by 1,000 metric tons per year starting in the first quarter of 2015. This expansion follows the 3,000 metric tons per year expansion in 2011 at the same facility. Another expansion of 1,000 metric tons per year is also being evaluated by the company for implementation in 2016/17.
“Global megatrends create the necessity for innovative solutions in chemistry that address environmental, mobility, and changing demographics challenges,” said Neil Greeff, Senior Director, Strategic Markets. “We are extremely well positioned to support the expected long-term growth for biphenol, used in these solutions in the engineering plastics market, to meet our customers’ needs.”
SI Group is a global producer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins, and solutions. The company’s Tennessee facility focuses on the production of Biphenol, which is a raw material used in thermoplastic applications such as liquid crystalline polymers (LCP), polysulfones, polyesters, and polycarbonates. This expansion further enables SI Group to support its customers’ capabilities to deliver advanced engineering plastics for a variety of end-use products and applications, including medical devices and instruments, packaging, electronics, and aerospace applications.
As a recognized leader in the Biphenol market, SI Group further strengthens its position in the global marketplace through this expansion.
About SI Group
SI Group is a leading global developer and manufacturer of chemical intermediates, specialty resins, and solutions. Founded in 1906 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, SI Group is a family-owned company with facilities on five continents. For more information about SI Group, visit www.siigroup.com.