Showa Denko-UOP JV to Construct New High Silica Zeolite Plant
Tokyo, July 23, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Union Showa (USKK), a joint venture
between Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO:4004) and UOP LLC (UOP), of the United States,
has decided to start producing high silica zeolite in Japan. A new production
facility will be built within the premises of SDK's Higashinagahara Plant
in Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture.
High silica zeolite is a kind of synthetic zeolite used as adsorbent. Due to
its high hydrophobic nature, high silica zeolite is effective in adsorbing
gases such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Demand for the material is
expected to grow in many fields, including environmental protection, energy
conservation, and household commodities.
USKK has so far been importing high silica zeolite from UOP's plant in
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A., for sale in the Japanese market. The product is in
tight supply, reflecting a growing demand on a global scale. In Japan and other
Asian countries, in particular, demand is expected to grow further, reflecting
increased awareness of the need for environmental protection and desire to
achieve a higher standard of living. Thus, it has been decided to build another
high silica zeolite plant, this time in Japan. The decision is based on the UOP
Group's global strategy to ensure stable supply to customers in the
region, develop new applications quickly, and improve technical services. Plant
design has been finished, and part of the equipment has already been ordered.
The new facility is scheduled for start-up in March 2014.
High silica zeolite has hydrophobic nature due to its higher silica content
compared with ordinary synthetic zeolite, preferentially adsorbing VOCs and
odorants before moisture. The material is used in such applications as
deodorization by blending with plastics and fibers, gas adsorption, removal of
toxic VOCs, refining of biogases, and sterilization of ballast water of
vessels. Demand for high silica zeolite is growing for these applications.
USKK is currently producing hydrophilic synthetic zeolite at its Yokkaichi
Plant in Mie Prefecture, for such applications as dehydration, drying,
refining, and separation. After the completion of the new plant, USKK will
fully utilize these two plants, aiming to develop and supply new
nuclear-waste-remediation products for treatment of contaminated water at
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, decontamination in wide areas, and for
treatment of radioactive nuclides to promote decommissioning of nuclear
About Showa Denko
Showa Denko K.K. ('SDK'; TSE: 4004, US: SHWDF) is a major
manufacturer and marketer of chemical products serving a wide range of fields
ranging from heavy industry to the electronic and computer industries. SDK
makes petrochemicals (ethylene, propylene), aluminum products (ingots, rods),
electronic equipment (hard disks for computers) and inorganic materials
(ceramics, carbons). The company has overseas operations and a joint venture
with Netherlands-based Montell and Nippon Petrochemicals to make and market
polypropylenes. In March 2001, SDK merged with Showa Denko Aluminum Corporation
to strengthen the high-value-added fabricated aluminum products operations, and
is today developing next-generation optical communications-use wafers. For more
information, please visit www.sdk.co.jp .
Union Showa K.K.
Showa Denko K.K.
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