01 November 2012 09:22 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s Nippon Shokubai is considering of restarting its discarded super absorbent polymer (SAP) facility at Chattanooga, Tennessee, to help cover for the loss of production following the shutdown of its fire-hit Himeji plant, a company official said on Thursday.
The 60,000 tonne/year SAP facility, previously run by Nippon Shokubai’s Tennessee-based subsidiary NA Industries, terminated production in June 2012 because of its old age when NA Industries brought on stream a new 60,000 tonne/year SAP unit in ?xml:namespace>
Nippon Shokubai is mulling if any construction is needed to restart the unit, and how much it may cost, the official said on the phone.
However, the producer has not reached a final decision, he said.
Nippon Shokubai also plans to start up part of the 90,000 tonne/year SAP facility that it is currently constructing in
The company’s plan is to begin commercial production with a 30,000 tonne/year capacity by March 2013, and the remaining capacity will be achieved in August 2013 as scheduled, according to the official.
“It is in line with our original plan because we first announced in July 2010 to build a 30,000 tonne/year [SAP] facility [in Indonesia] by March 2013. And demand for SAP became robust after that, so we decided to expand it to 90,000 tonnes/year for a start-up in August 2013.
“But we would like to start [commercial production of 30,000 tonnes/year] as soon as possible [to make up for the loss of production following the shutdown of the
All of the production lines at the
The official said the company did not know when they may be able to restart the
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