Japan’s Teijin to spend Y1bn to expand DMT supply capability

17 July 2012 06:03  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Teijin Ltd will invest about yen (Y) 1bn ($13m) to expand its supply capability for dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) at its Matsuyama factory in Ehime prefecture, the Japanese producer said on Tuesday.

A new line, which will process DMT into high-purity briquettes, will be added to its DMT production facility at the site, the company said in a statement.

Construction will begin in October, with operations scheduled to start in April next year, it said.

“The company’s total production capacity for DMT is 230,000 tonnes per annum, of which the company will have the capability to process 100,000 tons for external sales upon completion of the expansion, doubling the current external supply capability of 50,000 tonnes,” Teijin said.

The company has been producing DMT as a raw material for in-house production of polyester fibres, films, and other materials since 1964 until the 1980s, when Teijin began external sales.

“In the 1980s, with the establishment of technologies to process DMT into flakes, enabling long-term storage, Teijin began external sales and has been expanding that business while establishing other advanced processing technologies,” it said.

DMT, when polymerised with ethylene glycol, can be used raw material for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It can also be a raw material for specialty chemical applications such as elastomers, adhesives, among others.

($1 = Y78.82)

By: Pearl Bantillo
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