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Mitsubishi Chem decides to establish new CFRTP pilot facility in Japan

January 14/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Mitsu-bishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) said it will set up a new pilot facility for carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, according to Apic-online.

MCC, with support from the Industrial Technology Center of Fukai Prefecture and leveraging technological synergy within the MCC Group, recently established technology that enables "highly efficient" manufacturing of "extremely high-quality" CFRTP, MCC noted.

In the future, MCC will market the product as a new series in its Kyron thermoplastic composite brand and offer it to the Japanese CFRTP market, which until now has relied mainly on imports.

As MRC reported earlier, in December 2020, MCC acquired a greenfield property at a large integrated site on the Mississippi River in Geismar, Louisiana, the US. It also plans to advance its feasibility study for the design and construction of a 350,000mt Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) plant, which will be based on its proprietary ALPHA technology. Currently, the project is in the early engineering stage and the final investment decision (FiD) is expected to take place in early 2022. If the project gets approval, the plant would commence production in 2025.

The main application, consuming approximately 75% MMA, is in the production of polymethyl methacrylate acrylic plastics (PMMA). Methyl methacrylate is also used to produce methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymer (MBS), used as a modifier for polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PVC production reached 891,200 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020, down by 0.3% year on year. However, two producers managed to increase their PVC output.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PVC, SPVC, elastotermoplast, compounding, fibers/filaments, compounds, petrochemistry, metilmetakrilat (MMA), metilamin, hlormetan, Mitsubishi Chemical, Russia, USA, Japan.
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