Solutia Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, has announced it has begun designing
and engineering a new Saflex PVB interlayer plant in China. Upon completion of
the plant's design and engineering phases construction will begin, which is targeted
According to the announcement, the plant is being designed in order to meet
the increasing demands of the Chinese automotive market and will manufacture PVB
that will be used in windshields.
"The China plant is a critical component of the global growth strategy
for Solutia's Laminated Glazing Interlayers (LGI) business," said Mitch Pulwer,
Solutia's LGI general manager. "We are dedicated to meeting the growing needs
of our customers worldwide, and to building capacity in line with market demand.
This announcement reflects our commitment to providing customers in China with
an on-the-ground source of the world's premier PVB interlayers. We will continue
to invest in all world areas as both technology and capacity needs arise."
The new plant is being designed for location in an industrial community such
as the greater Shanghai area. Solutia began expanding this presence in 1998 with
a finishing center, distribution center and regional customer service center in