Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical plans southeast Asia MMA expansion

10 June 2011 06:58  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE(ICIS)--Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical is conducting feasibility studies for a next-phase capacity expansion for methyl methacrylate (MMA) in southeast Asia, a company source said on Friday.

“One of the considered locations is naturally in Singapore, as we already have a MMA presence in Singapore,” the source said.

The plan is to add production capacities of 90,000-140,000 tonnes/year of MMA, but nothing has been fixed, he added.

“We may only know the outcome of the feasibility studies by end of the year,” he added.

Sumitomo currently operates three MMA lines in Singapore, which have a combined capacity of 223,000 tonnes/year, said the source.

The company’s No 3 50,000 tonne/year polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) line at the same site is also slated to come on stream by the third quarter of 2012. This addition will boost Sumitomo’s total PMMA output in Singapore to 150,000 tonnes/year.

Besides southeast Asia, Sumitomo is also carrying out feasibility studies in the Middle East under phase two of its Petro Rabigh project with partner Saudi Aramco. Both parties are looking at expanding the capabilities of their petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia to include the production of more value added products such as MMA and PMMA.

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By: Junie Lin

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