APIC '07: Japan Polyethylene to lift LLDPE output

17 May 2007 09:52  [Source: ICIS news]

TAIPEI (ICIS news)--Japan Polyethylene is due to debottleneck its gas-based metallocene linear low density (LLDPE) plant by March or April 2008 in the face of increased competition from the Middle East, a company official said on Thursday.


The Middle East is expected to export more commodity PE to Japan when a flurry of new capacities start up in the region from 2008.


Local producers would have to compete by offering more specialty grades such as metallocene LLDPE, said general manager of the planning division Shigeru Matsuda.


“The 47,000 tonne/year metallocene LLDPE plant at Kawasaki will be expanded to 56,000 tonne/year,” he said.


Japan Polyethylene, the largest PE producer in the country, is a joint venture of Japan Polychem Corp, Japan Polyolefins Co and Mitsubishi Shoji Plastics Corp.


Matsuda was speaking at the sidelines of the two-day Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference in Taipei which ends on Friday.


By: Chow Bee Lin
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