Japan's Showa Denko commissions new Indonesia alumina plant

29 October 2013 10:44  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Showa Denko has begun commissioning its 300,000 tonne/year joint venture chemical alumina plant in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, the Japanese producer said on Tuesday.

The new plant will “start mass production and sales of chemical alumina in the second half of 2014”, the company said in a statement.

Chemical alumina products from the new plant will also be sold in Indonesia and neighbouring countries to meet growing demand for use in water treatment and refractories, the company said.

The new plant will be operated by Indonesia Chemical Alumina, which is 80% owned by Indonesian mining firm PT Antam and 20% owned by Showa Denko.

Alumina, a key consumer of caustic soda, is widely used for the smelting of aluminium metal and the production of electronic materials.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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