Japan's Nippon Shokubai on track on Indonesian acrylic acid plant

30 August 2012 10:37  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Nippon Shokubai is on schedule to complete construction and start commercial operation at its new acrylic acid (AA) and super absorbent polymer (SAP) plant in Indonesia in August 2013, a company spokesman said on Thursday.

The plants being built by its subsidiary Nippon Shokubai Indonesia (NSI) have name plate capacities of 80,000 tonnes/year of AA and 90,000 tonnes/year of SAP, according to previous ICIS reports.

Construction of the facility is expected to be completed on schedule by the end of February 2013, the spokesman told ICIS.

The company will decide by the end of March 2013 if it wanted another AA/SAP facility in Asia or Europe.

Singapore was one of the candidates for a new site, the spokesman said, adding no final decision had been made.

He said the new facility may start up in 2015 or 2016 at the earliest, if the company decides to build it, “because the market is growing.”

According to media reports, Nippon Shokubai was considering maximum capacities of 160,000 tonnes/year of AA and 120,000 tonnes/year of SAP.

“If we decide to do it, [the capacities] will probably be about that much, but no final decision has been taken,” the spokesman said in Japanese over the telephone.

Nippon Shokubai is also currently building a 80,000 tonne/year AA facility at the Himeji plant in Japan’s Hyogo prefecture, for a start-up in August 2013, according to previous ICIS reports.

The company also runs an AA joint venture in Singapore, Singapore Acrylic, in which Nippon Shokubai has a 51% share, while Japanese chemical producers Toagosei and Sumimoto Chemical hold 40% and 9% respectively.

Singapore Acrylic produces a total of “a little less than 80,000 tonnes/year” of AA, and Nippon Shokubai offtakes 40,000 tonnes/year, according to the spokesman.


By: Tomomi Yokomura
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