China's Nisshoku Chemical to double SAP capacity in Zhangjiagang

31 January 2012 11:14  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Nippon Shokubai's Chinese subsidiary Nisshoku Chemical Industry will double its production capacity of super absorbent polymer (SAP) at Zhangjiagangin Jiangsu province, driven by significant domestic demand growth, the chemical holding company said on Tuesday.

When construction is completed at the end of March 2014, the total SAP capacity at Zhangjiagang will expand to 60,000 tonnes/year from 30,000 tonnes/year, Japan-based Nippon Shokubai added.

Commercial production is expected to begin in July 2014, the company said.

In July last year, Nippon Shokubai announced its subsidiary Nippon Shokubai Indonesia (NSI) would build a 90,000 tonne/year SAP facility and an 80,000 tonne/year acrylic acid plant at its site in Cilegon, Indonesia, “to satisfy the demand in the emerging market” for disposable diapers.

Both plants at NSI are scheduled to start commercial production in August 2013, Nippon Shokubai said.

The company decided to increase capacity in Zhangjiagang because it expects demand of SAP would still exceed its production capacity even after the NSI project starts up, the company said.

After the completion of the new SAP plant at NSI and the expansion at Zhangjiagang, Nippon Shokubai’s total SAP capacity will be boosted to 590,000 tonnes/year, it said.

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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