PARSIPPANY, N.J., U.S.A. – March 18, 2019 – Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC Corporation, will build a new production line for its global market-leading polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds at its DIC Imaging Products USA, LLC facility in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
The new PPS compounds production line will be the company’s first in North America and 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.
Valued for its excellent heat and chemical resistance as well as dimensional stability, PPS compounds are super-engineered plastics that are used widely as an alternative to metal materials in automotive components and other products.
The global market for PPS compounds is expected to be 20 percent higher in 2021 than in 2017 as the volume of PPS compounds used in vehicle electrical systems and hybrid/electric vehicles—which contain a significant number of components that require superior heat resistance—continue to grow worldwide.
DIC Corporation’s PPS compounds production and technical service locations provide products that leverage proprietary compounding technologies to meet demand from customers in key strategic markets, including automotive and related materials.
Guided by its new medium-term management plan, DIC111, DIC Corporation is working to provide both social value, which contributes to sustainability and markets, and economic value, which underpins corporate growth, ensuring it remains a unique global company that is trusted by society. The plan’s regional strategy for the Americas and Europe calls for increasing production capacity for products other than inks.
About Sun Chemical
Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees supporting customers around the world.
Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A. For more information, please visit our Web site at sunchemical.com.