Japan's Mitsui Chemicals mulls expansion of BPA plant in Caojing

13 September 2011 10:27  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Mitsui Chemicals is conducting a feasibility study for the expansion of its bisphenol A (BPA) plant in China’s Caojing by roughly 150,000 tonnes/year, a company official said on Tuesday.

The company currently produces 120,000 tonnes/year of BPA at Caojing via its joint venture with Sinopec, Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Chemicals (SSMC).

The company is considering bringing the new capacity on stream around 2015, the source added.

“We have been considering [increasing the capacity] with Sinopec, but [the plan] has not been finalised yet,” the source said in Japanese.

He did not state when the company might make a final decision.

Supply of BPA continues to be tight in China, and the demand for polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resins is expected to grow, the source said.

Meanwhile, SSMC plans to bring on stream a phenol/acetone production facility, with a phenol capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year, in the second quarter of 2013.
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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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