Volume 92 Issue 25 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: June 23, 2014

Shale Gas Draws Japanese Plant

Feedstock: Cheap ethylene convinces Mitsubishi to make acrylic monomer in U.S.
Department: Business
Keywords: Acrylic, shale gas, Gulf Coast, Dow Chemical, Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Japan

Mitsubishi Rayon and the trading firm Mitsui & Co. are planning a large acrylic plant in the U.S. that would use as feedstock low-cost ethylene supplied by Dow Chemical. The project is in keeping with a Japanese corporate strategy to take advantage of cheap shale-derived energy and raw materials in the U.S.

The proposed Japanese joint venture would build a 250,000-metric-ton-per-year plant making methyl methacrylate . . .

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