Issue Date: May 7, 2012
Shin-Etsu Plans U.S. Cellulosics Plant
Shin-Etsu Chemical’s SE Tylose subsidiary will spend $120 million to build a hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) plant in Plaquemine, La. Expected to come on-line in early 2014, the 9,000-metric-ton-per-year facility will be built on a site owned by Shintech, another Shin-Etsu subsidiary. Tylose now produces the material, which is used mainly as a thickener in water-soluble coatings, only in Germany. Initiating U.S. production of HEC will help guarantee supplies to U.S. customers and help protect the company against exchange rate fluctuations, Tylose says.
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