Japan's Denka to build alumina short fibre facility at Niigata

07 November 2012 11:38  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Denka) plans to build a new 300 tonne/year alumina short fibre facility at its Niigata plant in Japan due to increased automotive demand, the company said on Wednesday.

The yen (Y) 1bn ($12.4m) unit is expected to come on stream by December 2013, Denka said in a statement.

The product, called Denka Alcen, is a crystalline alumina short fibre, primarily consisting of alumina and silica, according to Denka. The fibre resists up to over 1,500 degrees Celsius, the company said.

Denka Alcen is primarily used for insulation materials and automotive parts, and its demand for automotive applications is expected to rapidly increase, Denka said.

Denka also operates two other units of undisclosed capacities which produce Denka Alcen, according to the company.

($1 = Y80.40)

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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