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Sumitomo Chemicals on operations after earthquake and tsunami

March 22/2011

(Plastemart) -- In its statement concerning the status of the companys operations after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami Sumitomo Chemical confirmed that none its employees are injured or missing. At the Chiba Works ethylene plant, (Ichihara and Sodegaura cities, Chiba Prefecture), operations continue at the main facility while adjusting the load on the plant as necessary. At most of the derivatives facilities, automatic shutdown systems were activated at the time of the earthquake and emergency shutdown procedures were undertaken. The production facilities sustained no major damage. The shut-down production facilities are being brought back into operation sequentially as their safety is confirmed, and at this stage most of the production facilities have recommenced operations, according to Sumitomo.

The financial impact of this earthquake on Sumitomo Chemical is not yet known, but any anticipated major impact will be promptly disclosed when determined.

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