Showa Denko to Build New Ethyl Acetate Plant Using New Technology
Scheduled for Start-up in June 2014 at Oita Complex
Tokyo, Aug 1, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko (SDK)(TOKYO: 4004) has
decided to build a 100,000t/y ethyl acetate plant at its Oita Complex using its
proprietary production process technology. The plant will start commercial
production in June 2014.
Ethyl acetate is used in wide-ranging applications, including printing ink,
paint, electronic materials, pharmaceuticals, and agrochemicals. Demand for
the product is expected to continue growing inside and outside Japan.
Meanwhile, the business environment is changing rapidly due to the changes in
the supply of raw materials and expansions in production capacities in
neighboring countries. SDK has developed an innovative process technology in
which ethylene is directly added to acetic acid, enabling efficient production
of high-quality ethyl acetate. The technology is already being used at our
production site in Indonesia.
SDK positions its ethyl acetate operation as a core business in the
Petrochemicals segment. By building the new ethyl acetate plant, SDK aims to
better meet diversified and sophisticated customer requirements, and strengthen
its status as a stable supplier of high-quality product.
The new process technology uses a solid heteropolyacid catalyst developed by
SDK. The technology won Green & Sustainable Chemistry Network's 6th
GSC Award (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize) and The Chemical
Society of Japan's 56th CSJ Award for Technical Development. Furthermore,
the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has decided to subsidize this new
ethyl acetate plant as "investment in leading-edge-technology-based plant
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 .
Showa Denko (SDK)
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