JURONG ISLAND, SINGAPORE, Dec. 17 -- Asahi Kasei Plastics Singapore Pte. Ltd. (APS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Corp., has started up a 48,000-metric-ton/yr modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) plant here. Meanwhile, Polyxylenol Singapore Pte. Ltd. (PXS), a joint venture between APS and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. Inc. (MGC), has also started up a 30,000-metric-ton/yr PPE powder plant at the same site.
Asahi Kasei is claimed to be the worlds second-largest mPPE maker, with a 35,000-metric-ton/yr plant in Sodegaura, Chiba, Japan. Demand for mPPE in electrical, electronic, and automotive applications is growing steadily, particularly in Asian markets, according to Asahi Kasei.
MGC is said to be the world�s third-largest integrated maker of PPE powder from the monomer, with a 10,000-metric-ton/yr plant in Yokkaichi, Japan. Production and sale of mPPE is handled by its affiliate, Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corp.
The joint production facility in Singapore is an integral part of MGC�s expansion program in engineering plastics, the company said. The new facility complements overseas production facilities for polycarbonate and polyacetal, both of which are operating at full capacity.