Restart Not In Sight For Shokubai Plant | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 46 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 12, 2012

Restart Not In Sight For Shokubai Plant

Department: Business
Keywords: Japan, superabsorbent polymers, plant safety

Local authorities have lifted some of the restrictions from Nippon Shokubai’s Himeji, Japan, facility after a Sept. 29 explosion and fire that killed one person and injured numerous others (C&EN, Oct. 8, page 10). Operations continue to be suspended, however, and the company says it sees no prospect of restarting the facility at the moment. The plant is the world’s largest producer of superabsorbent acrylic polymers used in disposable diapers. Shokubai is looking to increase production at its other facilities and through toll manufacturers.

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