(worldnews) -- The fire, occurred after explosion at Nippon Shokubai's polymer facility in Hyogo Prefecture, central Japan, on 29 September, might affect the global production of diapers.
Nippon Shokubai produces one fifth of the global volume of superabsorbent polymers and it is one of the world's biggest makers of acrylic acid, the main ingredient of a resin called SAP, which is used in diapers.
A fire broke out about 2 p.m. after an abnormal chemical reaction at the plant, the Japan Times said. The explosion occurred near the tank with acrylic acid. A 28-year-old firefighter was killed and at least 30 people were reported injured. Other details are not disclosed. The cause of the explosion is being determined. Information on possible contamination of the environment by combustion products have not been reported yet.
Operations at the plant are likely to be halted for a long time and other makers of SAP resins are operating on a full-production footing.