Issue Date: October 15, 2007
Mitsubishi Expands m-xylene In Japan
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical will build a 70,000-metric-ton-per-year m-xylene plant at its Mizushima site in Japan's Okayama prefecture. Mitsubishi reckons it's already the world's largest producer of m-xylene, with an existing capacity of 150,000 metric tons per year. It makes the material by separation and isomerization of mixed xylenes. Mitsubishi consumes m-xylene to make purified isophthalic acid, used in PET bottles, and m-xylene diamine, an ingredient in certain types of nylon.
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