Ube expand nylon 6 capacity in Spain

Ube to expand nylon 6 capacity in Spain

9:08 AM, 18th October 2012
Ube to expand nylon 6 capacity in Spain

TOKYO, JAPAN: Ube Industries Ltd will build additional manufacturing capacity for nylon 6 at its subsidiary, Ube Engineering Plastics SA of Spain, in order to meet growing demand for high added-value nylon in the European and North American markets. The expansion will add 10,000 tonne of production capacity annually and is expected to start its operation in March 2015.

As need for environmentally-friendly films has increased, there is growing demand for nylon used in packaging films for products such as food, toiletry and detergents, specifically for the substitution of polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) films.

Currently, Ube Industries are producing specialty nylon 6 copolymer resins in Japan for export to European and North American markets. By the additional capacity in Spain, which is closer to these markets, Ube will achieve better responsiveness to meet the needs from customers.

The additional nylon 6 manufacturing capacity will enable Ube to capitalize on recent growth in demand for nylon used in packaging films, which extends to emerging markets in South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

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