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ELF ATOCHEM SELECTS SITE FOR ADDITIONAL HFC-134A CAPACITY

 ELF ATOCHEM SELECTS SITE FOR ADDITIONAL HFC-134A CAPACITY
 PHILADELPHIA, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Elf Atochem announced today it has selected the Calvert City, Ky., Fluorochemical complex as the location for its second world-scale Forane(R) HFC-134a plant.
 "We are currently supplying Forane 134a to our customers from pilot plant capacity in Pierre Benite, France, where a new 20 million lb. plant will start up later this summer," said Seymour S. Preston III, president and chief executive officer of Elf Atochem North America. "More than 50 percent of that capacity is earmarked for use in the United States. But sharply increasing demand for this important CFC replacement in North America has caused us to accelerate our plans for U.S. production."
 The initial capacity of the new U.S. HFC-134a plant will be 40 million lbs. Construction will begin 1993, with production start-up scheduled for 1995. HFC-134a replaces CFC 12 in air conditioning and refrigeration applications. According to Bob LeBlanc, president of Elf Atochem's Industrial Chemicals Group, "The new plant reinforces Elf Atochem's position as the largest producer of CFC alternatives in the world. We currently have three HCFC 141b/142b plants on-line and a fourth plant will be started in France later this quarter. Elf Atochem has all the necessary resources for developing and supplying a complete range of CFC substitutes today and tomorrow. Personnel at our technical centers both here and in France are working on additional substitutes to provide a full range of products to our customers. And our raw material integration is second to none."
 Elf Atochem is a major producer of fluorspar, hydrofluoric acid, chlorine and chlorinated solvents, all of which are key building blocks for CFC substitutes. "We don't have to worry about dwindling chlorinated solvent supply resulting from the reduction of emissive uses of these materials. We make our own," LeBlanc added.
 For more information, contact Elf Atochem North America, Fluorochemicals, Three Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa., 19102, or call 800-343-7940.
 Elf Atochem North America, Inc., a $1.5 billion diversified chemicals manufacturer headquartered in Philadelphia, is an affiliate of Elf Atochem S.A., a $10 billion chemicals manufacturer headquartered in Paris.
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