Chemours expands manufacturing of Nafion™ ion exchange media in France to support growing market demand for clean hydrogen generation

01/11/2023, 10857 characters

The Chemours Company (“Chemours”) (NYSE: CC), a global chemicals company with leading market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions and Advanced Performance Materials, today announced a $200 million investment to… to increase capacity and technology for its industry-leading ion exchange media Nafion™ to be located at Chemours’ manufacturing facility in Villers-Saint-Paul, France. Chemours’ investment builds on existing efforts in the US to have a reliable supply chain and robust capabilities to enable the hydrogen economy. It will support growing market demand for clean hydrogen production using water electrolysers, energy storage in flow batteries and hydrogen conversion to power fuel cell vehicles, and contribute to European and broader global efforts to enable the clean energy transition. As part of the investment, the capacity of Chemours’ regional manufacturing facility will be expanded to support and drive technological advances and new products for the global hydrogen economy.

“Our society has a tremendous opportunity to build a more sustainable future and that must include the transition to clean energy. Chemistry is key to that future and will continue to play an important role in advancing the hydrogen economy,” said Mark Newman, President and CEO of Chemours. “Chemours has chosen France for this investment in the hydrogen economy. This is due to the strong alignment between our vision for sustainable growth, the French government’s goal to create a reliable and strong hydrogen economy, and the European Union’s aspiration to achieve a clean energy transition based on the targets set in the EU climate law. With the amazing team at our Villers-Saint-Paul site, the surrounding community and the entire Hauts-de-France region, we will expand the impact of our Nafion™ Proton Exchange Membrane technology to drive decarbonization on a global scale.”

Despite the solid growth in the deployment of green hydrogen technologies, expanding the capacity and capacity of the hydrogen economy supply chain remains critical to realizing the full potential of hydrogen energy and meeting increasing demand. Nafion™ Proton Exchange Membrane Technology (PEM) represents one of the most promising solutions for green hydrogen production, offering multiple benefits including faster startup, fewer components, smaller footprint, easier maintenance and zero emissions associated with renewable Energy.

“Advancing the hydrogen economy is a recipe for success for people and the planet, but its success requires product performance, innovation, scalable supply and responsible, sustainable manufacturing,” said Denise Dignam, President of Advance Performance Materials at Chemours. “Chemours is committed to enabling the transition to a global hydrogen economy and our investment in Villers-Saint-Paul supports that goal. The addition of manufacturing capabilities in France provides Europe with direct, domestic access to our Nafion™ ion exchange media while expanding our global capacity to help our customers grow and rapidly implement hydrogen solutions.”

Chemours’ investment is subject to receipt of all customary permits and licenses required to construct and operate at the 40-hectare Villers-Saint-Paul site, which includes the expansion of ionomer production and associated membranes to add additional capacity in the Create Nafion Material Supply Chain™. The $200 million investment demonstrates Chemours’ continued commitment to responsible manufacturing while supporting Chemours’ 2030 corporate responsibility goal, Generate 50% or more of its sales from products that contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the site expansion will create jobs in the Hauts-de-France region and Chemours expects to employ approximately 80 full-time positions and approximately 50 long-term contract positions.

Chemours’ commitment to supporting the hydrogen economy also includes the company’s participation in and support of the Hydrogen Shot and regional hydrogen hub initiative of the US Department of Energy and the formation of The Clean Hydrogen Partnership und Center for Clean Hydrogen with the University of Delaware. The company is also an active member of the Hydrogen Council, Hydrogen Europe and the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition.

About The Chemours Company

The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) is a global leader with leading market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions and Advanced Performance Materials and offers its customers application expertise and chemistry-based innovations with market-defining products for numerous industries. We deliver tailored solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals for markets such as coatings, plastics, refrigeration & air conditioning, transportation, semiconductors & consumer electronics, general industry and oil & gas. Our main products are prominent brands such as Ti-Pure™, Opteon™, Freon™, Teflon™, Viton™, Nafion™ and Krytox™. The company employs approximately 6,400 people, has 29 manufacturing sites and serves approximately 3,200 customers in approximately 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.

Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @Chemours or LinkedIn.

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