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Mitsui Chemicals Improves EPT, Expects Use Around Engines

Mitsui Chemicals Inc.’s (TYO:4183) business in ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPT) operated at full production capacity and completely sold out its inventory for fiscal 2016 on the back of strong demand. The company said that considering market growth rates and the location of its plants, it has focused on Asia rather than Europe and the Americas. Asian markets in which...

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Mitsui Chemicals to Ramp up TPE Production to 60,000 Tons by 2020

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) will expand production capacity for thermoplastic elastomer product Milastomer to 60,000 tons by 2020. This figure represents a 30-percent increase compared to 2017’s volume. Milastomer is a cross-linked olefin-based thermoplastic elastomer, referred to as thermoplastic vulcanite (TPV). The material’s primary ingredients are ethylene propylene (EP) rubber and polypropylene (PP). Compared to other soft resins, Milastomer has...

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Mitsui Chemicals to Expand TPE Production Capacity, Investing 1 Billion Yen

Responding to increased global demand, Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) will increase annual production capacity of its Milastomer thermoplastic elastomer by 5,000 tons. The company will invest almost 1 billion yen ($10 million) in expanding production facilities of its wholly-owned subsidiary Sun Alloys Co. Ltd., adding one production line of 5,000 annual tons. Construction will start in February 2017 and is planned...

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Mitsui Chemicals—High Expectations for New EPDM Grade

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) achieved a strong performance in the first half of fiscal 2015 (April–September) for EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) rubber. Contributing factors were a weak yen and low naphtha prices. Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Elastomers Co. Ltd. (SSME), Mitsui Chemicals’ joint venture for EPDM production in China that went onstream at the end of 2014, started up again in...

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How Long Will Global EPDM Rubber Oversupply Last?

by Yasuhiko Shimizu, Chief Editor E-media   Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), a synthetic rubber used in products including automobile parts and electrical cables, is currently in global oversupply. EPDM is a synthetic rubber with superior electrical properties and outstanding resistance to weather, ozone, heat, cold and chemicals. A large share of overall production is used in the manufacture of...

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