ExxonMobil expand halobutyl rubber manufacturing in Japan

ExxonMobil to expand halobutyl rubber manufacturing in Japan

11:56 PM, 20th December 2011
ExxonMobil to expand halobutyl rubber manufacturing in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN: ExxonMobil Yugen Kaisha announced that Japan Butyl Co Ltd will expand the capacity of its halobutyl rubber manufacturing plant at Kashima to 80,000 tonne per year. The expansion is planned to be completed in 2012.

“Demand for halobutyl rubber is expected to grow at about six per cent per year, mainly in the Asia Pacific region. The expansion by our affiliate’s joint venture at Kashima will add 10,000 tonne per year of capacity in the region. This aligns with ExxonMobil Chemical’s long-term commitment to meet industry demand,” said John Lyon, Vice President, butyl polymers, ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

This is the second capacity expansion in five years at the Kashima halobutyl rubber plant. The Japan Butyl Co, butyl polymers manufacturing plant at Kawasaki also completed a major expansion in 2010 to bring its total capacity to 98,000 tonne per year. The expansion incorporated ExxonMobil proprietary technology that enables significant energy savings, the company informed.

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