Nippon Shokubai considers restarting Tennessee, US plant
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Nippon Shokubai considers restarting Tennessee, US plant

5:12 AM, 5th November 2012
Nippon Shokubai considers restarting Tennessee, US plant

OSAKA, JAPAN: Japanese chemical maker Nippon Shokubai is considering restarting its closed plant for water-absorbing resin in the United States as the explosion at its plant in western Japan last month is causing supply shortages. The company will decide in November whether to restart the plant in Tennessee, US with an annual resin production capacity of 60,000 tonne to help make up for lost output at the factory in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, after reviewing expected costs in restoring the operation at the US site.

The Tennessee factory stopped making the resin, super absorbent polymer, in June as the company transferred production to a new plant in Texas. Nippon Shokubai already plans to begin operation of part of a new resin-making facility with a 90,000-tonne capacity being constructed in Indonesia earlier than initially scheduled, considering commencing production of 30,000 tonne annually in March 2013.

© The Japan Times News 

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