Japan's Prime Polymer to close PP line at Ichihara complex

20 June 2012 12:42  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Prime Polymer has decided to shut the 90,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) line at its Ichihara complex in June 2013, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Responding to a slowdown in domestic demand for PP resins, we are restructuring our businesses … By emphasizing the production of value-added products, as well as by a thorough rationalization, we will strengthen our business base,” Prime Polymer said in Japanese.

After the closure of the plant, the producer’s total PP capacity would decrease to 1.18m tonnes/year from 1.27m tonnes/year, it added.

The PP unit at the Ichihara complex in Chiba prefecture has been in operation since 1969, according to Prime Polymer.

Prime Polymer’s subsidiary, Ube Polypro, shut its 90,000 tonne/year PP unit at Ube, Yamaguchi prefecture, in March 2011.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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