Japan's Mitsui Chemicals shuts Iwakuni-Ohtake wax plant after fire

22 August 2013 11:34  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Mitsui Chemicals has shut its wax plant at the Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in Yamaguchi prefecture following a fire at a storage facility on Thursday, a company spokesperson said.

The fire broke out at 11:00 local time (03:00 GMT), and was extinguished at 16:35, Mitsui Chemicals said in a statement posted on its website.

Following the fire, Mitsui Chemicals has stopped the wax plant producing “Hi-Wax” and “Excerex” until “safety [in the fire-hit storage facility] is confirmed”,  the spokesperson said over the phone.

There is one other plant producing Hi-Wax and Excerex at the same site, and it is currently operating, she said.

The two plants have a combined production capacity of 14,000 tonnes/year, she said.

Hi-Wax is used as a lubricant for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and a releasing agent for engineering plastics, while Excerex is used as processing aid and additives for civil engineering, printing ink and paint, according to Mitsui Chemicals’ website.

In April 2012, a blast at the Iwakuni-Ohtake Works site of Mitsui Chemicals shut the entire complex.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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