LYON, France - Rhodia is stepping up its worldwide hydroquinone production capacity by 20 percent, especially in the Rhodia Zhenjiang unit in China, between now and 2012.

The global demand for hydroquinone is driven by high, sustained growth of markets such as superabsorbent polymers, paint, construction, automotive and electronics.

Positioned as the only worldwide manufacturer of hydroquinone present in Europe, North America and Asia, Rhodia is determined to continue investing in this strategic product.