Ube Material establish magnesium oxysulfate whisker plant in Thailand

Ube Material to establish magnesium oxysulfate whisker plant in Thailand

10:46 AM, 20th March 2018
Ube Material to establish magnesium oxysulfate whisker plant in Thailand

TOKYO, JAPAN: Ube Material Industries Ltd said that it will establish a plant for manufacturing MOS-HIGE magnesium oxysulfate whisker in Thailand. The new plant will be constructed within the industrial complex of UBE Chemicals (Asia) Public Co Ltd located in Rayong Province.

MOS-HIGE is added to plastics as a filler to help reduce the weight of automobiles. MOS-HIGE is added as a filler to polypropylene used to make automotive components.

Demand for MOS-HIGE is growing amid a global trend for automakers to reduce the weight of automobiles in an effort to lower carbon dioxide emissions and address global warming. Ube Material Industries currently has an annual production capacity of 3,000 tonnes of MOS-HIGE, having twice expanded its production facilities in 2012 and 2015.

The new plant in Thailand will have 1,500 tonnes of annual production capacity. Construction will begin in April 2018, with completion scheduled in August 2019. The new plant will bring the company’s annual production capacity for MOS-HIGE to 4,500 tonnes, once production in Thailand is commenced in September 2019.

Ube Material Industries currently manufactures MOS-HIGE at a single plant in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. With demand for MOS-HIGE expected to continue growing, and with its commitment to better serving the local procurement needs of resin compound manufacturers outside of Japan, Ube Material Industries decided to establish a local plant for MOS-HIGE in Thailand, which is a centre of automotive production in Asia.

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