£15 million boost for Lancashire

Asahi Glass has announced plans to build a £15 million fluorinated resin plant at the Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers UK site in Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire.


Asahi Glass (AGC) is to establish a plant at the Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers UK site in Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire to manufacture the fluorinated resin ETFE.



Construction of the £15 million plant will begin in January 2006 and is scheduled for completion in January 2007. The project will increase Tokyo-based AGC’s production capacity for ETFE by approximately 20%.



According to Asahi, worldwide demand from new customers for ETFE has increased sharply, particularly among manufacturers of construction materials and automobiles. Globally, demand for ETFE is predicted to grow 5% annually.



AGC is now seeking European Union and local approval for the construction and operation of the facility.


Fluon ETFE (a copolymer of ethylene and tetrafluoroethylene) is an engineering resin used as: an insulation material for electrical wires used in automobiles, aircraft and robotics; a material for tubes used to transport specialised liquids; and as a film material used in greenhouse applications.