21 April 2008 12:12 [Source: ICIS news]
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“We haven’t decided where we will locate the new plant. It could be in
The company also planned to expand its existing 5,000 tonnes/year SPS plant at
The main driver of SPS demand is the automotive segment, said Sato. “Demand is particularly strong in the hybrid car segment, where the material used for connectors needs to be extremely heat resistant”.
SPS can withstand much higher temperatures than polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), which was earlier the preferred polymer used in such cars. “The use of SPS allows lead-free soldering, which is not possible with PBT, which can only be soldered with lead,” she added. This makes SPS an environmentally superior engineering plastic, she said.
Idemitsu is the world’s only producer of SPS, having synthesized the engineering plastic by using a metallocene catalyst in 1985.
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