Japan's JSR to build new carbon masterbatch line in Thailand

04 March 2013 16:29  [Source: ICIS news]

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TOKYO (ICIS)--Thai chemical producer Elastomix (Thailand) plans to complete building a new 15,000 tonne/year carbon masterbatch (CMB) line in Rayong, Thailand, by June 2013, its Japanese parent JSR said late on Monday.

This will boost the current capacity of CMB, a rubber compound, to 39,000 tonnes/year at the same site, according to JSR.

The company expects demand for CMB to increase especially from auto parts makers in the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nation) region countries, it added.

The statement did not say anything about the start of the construction but just said it will be completed in June 2013.

Elastomix (Thailand) has built a 9,000 tonne/year Banbury mixer - a machine for mixing carbon black and other chemicals to produce CMB - in 2011, and a 15,000 tonne/year Banbury mixer at the end of 2012 to respond to growing demand, JSR said.

The producer had decided to further increase its capacity because automotive production is expected to continue to grow in Thailand as well, the company added.

Elastomix (Thailand) is a joint venture with Japan’s Elastomix owning 65%, JSR controlling 25% and Shiraishi Calcium the remaining 10% of its shares.

Chemical producer Elastomix is a subsidiary of JSR, which owns 98.51% of its stake.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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