Japan's Asahi Kasei Chemicals to build PCD plant in Nantong, China

29 August 2013 11:07  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Asahi Kasei Chemicals plans to build a 3,000 tonne/year plant in Jiangsu, China, for polycarbonatediol (PCD), an intermediate for high-performance polyurethanes (PU), the company said on Thursday.

The new plant, which will manufacture a product called Duranol, will be at the site of Asahi Kasei Performance Chemicals, Asahi Kasei Chemicals’ Chinese subsidiary in Nantong, the producer said.

Construction of the plant is scheduled to start in spring 2014 and it is expected to be started up in early 2015, according to Asahi Kasei Chemicals.

Demand for PCD is growing throughout the world as the PU market increasingly shifts toward higher performance, the company said.

PCD is used to make high-performance polyurethanes with characteristics such as exceptional heat resistance and water resistance, it added.

The new plant will double Asahi Kasei Chemicals’ capacity of Duranol to 6,000 tonnes/year, the company said.

Asahi Kasei said that 3,000 tonnes/year of Duranol is produced at the company’s Mizushima Works in Kurashiki, Japan’s Okayama prefecture.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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