Toray Industries builds polyphenylene sulfide resin facility Gunsan, South Korea

Toray to build polyphenylene sulfide resin facility in South Korea

12:05 PM, 8th October 2013
Toray Industries building new polyphenylene sulfide resin facility in Gunsan, South Korea

GUNSAN, SOUTH KOREA: Toray Advanced Materials Korea Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toray Industries Inc, will establish a new plant to produce polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resin TORELINA. The plant to be located in the Saemangeum Industrial Complex in Gunsan, South Korea, is Toray’s first manufacturing base for PPS resin outside Japan.

The plant is expected to become operational in April 2016 with a capacity to produce 8,600 tonne annually, which will boost Toray’s annual production capacity of PPS resin to 27,600 tonne together with the existing Tokai plant, Japan.

Moreover, by manufacturing sodium hydrogen sulfide (NaSH) and paradichlorobenzene (p-DCB), the two main raw materials for manufacturing PPS resin at the same plant, Toray intends to make it a cost competitive integrated manufacturing base producing from raw materials to resins. Further, Toray will simultaneously introduce a compounding facility to carry out design and functional processing on the resins. The facility which will have an annual production capacity of 3,300 tonne and Toray aims to start shipping it to customers from October 2015, before the start of PPS resin production.

The PPS resin produced in the new plant that remains after domestic consumption in South Korea shall be supplied to various Toray Group compounding bases led by the ones in China to further promote global business expansion. Toray has also started considering the next phase of production capacity expansion to meet the increasing demand for PPS resins.

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