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Westlake to expand PVC, VCM capacities in Louisiana, Germany

HOUSTON, February 20, 2018, (PCW) -- Westlake Chemical Corporation announced on Monday that it will expand capacities for the production of PVC and VCM at three of its chemical facilities.

One plant is located in Geismar, LA and two of the plants are located in Germany (at Burghausen and Gendorf). The expansions in Burghausen and Geismar are expected to be completed in 2019. The Gendorf expansions are expected to be completed in 2020 and 2021.

The expansion projects are expected to add approximately 750 million pounds annually of additional PVC and approximately 200 million pounds annually of additional VCM to the company's production. Suspension PVC will be expanded at Geismar and specialty PVC will be expanded at Burghausen. VCM production will be expanded at Geismar and Gendorf. In addition, chlor-alkali production will be expanded at the Gendorf facility, adding approximately 55 million pounds annually of chlorine capacity and the associated 60 million pounds annually of membrane caustic soda capacity.

The chlor-alkali, PVC and VCM capacity expansions in Germany will be the first since Westlake completed the acquisition of its Vinnolit subsidiary in 2014 according to Albert Chao, President and CEO of Westlake Chemical. -- Donna Todd

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