Japan’s Nippon Shokubai to start up acrylic acid, SAP plants by 2013

21 December 2011 07:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Nippon Shokubai is planning to start up an 80,000 tonne/year acrylic acid (AA) and 90,000 tonne/year superabsorbent polymer (SAP) plants at Java in Indonesia in 2013, a company source said on Wednesday.

The producer started building the plants at the end of 2010, the source said.

“Nippon Shokubai decided to invest in building an SAP plant as we see Indonesia will have a lot of demand for [the product] in the long term,” the source added.

SAP is primarily used in the production of diapers and feminine hygiene products. According to figures from the World Bank, 27.4% of Indonesia’s population is made up of children aged zero to 14 years and approximately 50.1% is made up of women.

Nippon Shokubai operates a 60,000 tonne/year crude AA plant and a 100,000 tonne/year acrylic esters plant at its petrochemical complex at the same site.

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By: Quintella Koh
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