TOKYO (Oct. 6) — Mitsui Chemicals Inc. will build an EPDM plant in Ichihara, Japan, rated at 75,000 metric tons per year and using metallocene catalyst technology.
The plant, to cost $180 million, will be built on the grounds of an existing factory complex, Mitsui said. It should be on stream by October 2007.
Mitsui has two EPDM production lines at the Ichihara complex, with combined capacity of 40,000 to 50,000 metric tons.
"The decision to establish a new facility was prompted by expanding worldwide demand for EPDM and thermoplastic olefinic elastomers, of which main raw material is EPDM," Mitsui said.
The new capacity will make Mitsui the largest supplier of EPDM in Asia.
Mitsui sells EPDM under the trade name Mitsui EPT and olefinic TPEs as Milastomer.