MOSCOW (MRC) -- Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. has expanded its production facilities for meltblown nonwovens at its wholly owned subsidiary Sunrex Industry Co., Ltd., according to Kemicalinfo.
The move comes as an attempt to respond to the increasing demand for industrial-use meltblown nonwovens, and will increase the total production capacity of the Mitsui Chemicals Group for these materials by 50%.
The expanded facility is situated in Asakecho, Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture. Construction of the expansion began in August 2018 and business operations formally began in January 2020.
Mitsui Chemicals is positioning its nonwovens business as a growth market, making efforts here to supply high-quality nonwovens as industrial materials for a variety of applications. This includes use in car seats, masks and agricultural sheets.
With respect to SYNTEX MB nano products, marketing efforts are going toward use in filters and other applications that will take advantage of the meltblown nonwovens line’s superfine fibers, which are less than several hundred nanometers in diameter.
With this latest expansion of the plant, Mitsui Chemicals plans to further strengthen and expand its nonwoven business.
As MRC informed before, Mitsui Chemicals restarted its naphtha cracker in Japan on 11-12 May, 2019, following an unplanned outage. The cracker was shut in end-April, 2019 owing to power failure. Located at Chiba in Japan, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 600,000 mt/year and propylene capacity of 331,000 mt/year.
Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,093,260 tonnes in 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments rose from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,260,400 tonnes in January-December 2019, up by 4% year on year. Supply of almost all grades of propylene polymers increased, except for statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers).
Mitsui Chemicals is a leading manufacturer and supplier of value added specialty chemicals, plastics and materials for the automotive, healthcare, packaging, agricultural, building, and semiconductor and electronics markets. Mitsui Chemicals is a Japanese Chemicals company, a part of the Mitsui conglomerate. The company has a turnover of around 15 billion USD and has business interests in Japan, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the USA. The company mainly deals in performance materials, petro and basic chemicals and functional polymeric materials.