Mitsui Chemicals reform petrochemical operations in Chiba area
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Mitsui Chemicals to reform petrochemical operations in Chiba area

7:58 AM, 5th September 2012
Mitsui Chemicals to reform petrochemical operations in Chiba area

TOKYO, JAPAN: Mitsui Chemicals Inc (MCI) announced structural reform of its petrochemical operations to flexibly and effectively manage Chiba Chemicals Manufacturing LLP, a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) formed with Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd.

Construction of new large-scale petrochemical facilities in the Middle East and China and increased reliance on shale gas in North America have forced Japan’s petrochemical industry to undertake sweeping fundamental reforms to strengthen its competitiveness in the global market. Against this backdrop, Mitsui Chemicals integrated its ethylene operations with those of Idemitsu Kosan in Chiba area to form a LLP in April 2010 and established an ethylene centre with top-level domestic competitiveness.

Production cutbacks in ethylene, however, are forecasted in line with sluggish domestic demand resulting from an influx of derivatives and decline in exports. To overcome this situation, the LLP will implement modifications and develop high efficiency at low production runs to flexibly respond to drops in demand for introduction in August 2013.

Similarly, optimization and rationalization measures to allow flexible management of the two ethylene manufacturing units of the LLP are being implemented.

In addition, at Prime Polymer Co Ltd (PRM), established by MCI and Idemitsu Kosan for polyolefin business, a shift to high value-added products from generic product areas and thorough rationalization are underway. As a result of these measures, suspension of two manufacturing units for polypropylene was decided and PRM increased production of its high value-added polymer, Evolue from November 2011 (240,000 tonne to 300,000 tonne).

To reinforce structural reform efforts, PRM recently decided the March 2013 suspension of one high-density polyethylene manufacturing unit (production capacity: 130,000 tonne) in Chiba which directly competes with general purpose products and imports. These measures will bolster the optimal operating system at the Chiba area ethylene centre.

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