Japan Carlit shuts Yokohama plant after explosion

08 January 2010 09:18  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japanese chemical maker Japan Carlit Co has shut its entire Yokohama plant following an explosion late on Thursday that is believed to have injured 10 people, a company spokesman said on Friday.

Local police and the fire department were investigating into the cause of the accident at the chemical plant in Kanagawa ward in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, the spokesman added.

The producer did not know how long the investigation may take or when they could restart the plant, he added.

The explosion occurred at 17:45 local time (08:45 GMT) on Thursday in the organic material production building producing an amine-based liquid crystal (LC)-related material, the spokesman said.

A total of 10 people were believed to be injured, he added.

"(The explosion) affected a broad area," the spokesman said, adding it had damaged the entire building, which housed four high-pressure hydrogen gas furnaces.

The unnamed LC-related material was produced by putting nitrogen compound in a high-pressure hydrogen gas furnace and putting pressure on it with the gas.

Japan Carlit planned to ask other producers to supply the products to its customers while the Yokohama plant remained shut, the spokesman said.

The Yokohama plant also produces perchloric acid.

The spokesman did not disclose the plant’s capacity.

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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