Nippon Shokubai chemical plant explosion threatens diaper supply

Nippon Shokubai chemical plant explosion threatens diaper supply

11:06 AM, 1st October 2012
Nippon Shokubai chemical plant explosion threatens diaper supply
Black smoke rises from burning flames at a Nippon Shokubai Co chemical plant in the coastal industrial area of Himeji, about 600 kilometre (370 miles) West of Tokyo. © AP Photo.

TOKYO, JAPAN: An explosion at a large Japanese chemical plant has sparked fears of a global shortage of disposable diapers, said a report on Sunday. A tank at chemical producer Nippon Shokubai’s factory in Himeji city, Hyogo Prefecture, exploded Saturday, killing a firefighter and injuring 35 other emergency service workers who responded to a callout, said the fire service.

The company has a 20 per cent global share of superabsorbent polymer, which is used in the production of diapers, said the Sankei Shimbun daily. If the operation of the factory is suspended for a long time, it could affect production of disposable diapers, informed the newspaper.

The company produces 320,000 tonne of superabsorbent polymer at the Himeji plant annually. Nippon Shokubai had planned to boost its production to meet the growing demand for disposable diapers in China, it added.

© AFP News




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