Asahi Kasei eyes Nantong HDI-based polyisocyanate unit expansion

11 April 2013 07:38  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Asahi Kasei Chemicals plans to expand the production capacity of its hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI)-based polyisocyanate unit in Nantong, China, because of expected growth in automotive demand in China and elsewhere, the company said in a statement.

The expansion will raise the current capacity of the Nantong unit to 20,000 tonnes/year, from the existing capacity of 10,000 tonnes/year.

The producer also manufactures HDI-based polyisocyanate at its plant in Hyuga, Japan’s Miyazaki prefecture, according to Asahi Kasei Chemicals.

Expansion work is scheduled to begin in autumn of 2013, and commercial production is expected to start in early 2015, the company said.

HDI-based polyisocyanate is used as a hardener for polyurethane (PU) automotive coatings and many other applications.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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