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Kuraray to boost capacity for methacrylic resin products

SpecialChem / Dec 3, 2002
TOKYO, Dec. 3 -- Kuraray Co. Ltd. has announced plans to double annual capacity of methacrylic resins from the current 20,000 metric tons to 40,000 metric tons at its Nakajo Plant in Kitakambara-gun, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The new capacity is expected to start up in October 2003.

Kuraray said it has been unable to keep pace with demand, particularly in the optoelectronics field, including light-guide panels which capitalize on PMMA's strong transparency. Demand has also been strong for LCDs used in PC monitors and TVs.

The company said PMMA is in strong demand in signboards, lighting covers, and large-scale windows for aquariums. In addition to methacrylic resin sheet and other products, Kuraray manufactures methacryl-related products, from the raw material MMA (methyl methacrylate) monomer to PMMA-based synthetic marble.

Kuraray said the new capacity will allow development of an expanded lineup of products for optoelectronic use, and in soft methacrylic resin products.


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