Shokubai Restarts More Plants In Japan | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 91 Issue 19 | pp. 24-25 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 13, 2013

Shokubai Restarts More Plants In Japan

Department: Business
Keywords: diapers, superabsorbent polymer, Japan, explosion, acrylic

Japanese authorities have authorized Nippon Shokubai to reopen its methacrylic acid and methyl methacrylate facilities in Himeji, Japan. The company had to shut down most of its Himeji operations after a deadly fire and explosion in an acrylic acid tank at the site in September 2012. At the time, the site accounted for about 20% of the world’s supply of superabsorbent acrylic polymer (SAP), a material used in disposable diapers. The SAP facilities have yet to restart.

 
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