Showa Denko Starts Up Ethyl Acetate Plant Using New Technology
Tokyo, June 10, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO: 4004) today
started commercial operation of its new ethyl acetate plant at Oita Complex
using its proprietary production process technology. A ceremony was held today
at the complex to celebrate the completion of the new plant.
Ethyl acetate is an organic solvent used in wide-ranging applications,
including printing ink, paint, and adhesives for electronic devices. Its
business environment continues to be severe due to the rise in raw
material/fuel costs and the increase in imports. SDK therefore decided last
year to change the production process by adopting a highly efficient
proprietary technology, and started constructing a new plant.
The conventional process was a two-stage process in which acetaldehyde,
synthesized from ethylene, is converted into ethyl acetate. In the new process
technology adopted this time, however, acetic acid is directly added to
ethylene, enabling efficient production of high-quality ethyl acetate. While
the technology is already being used at our production site in Indonesia, this
is the first time that the technology is commercially used in Japan.
SDK aims to cope with changes in the market environment and better meet
diversified customer requirements, strengthening its status as a stable
supplier of high-quality products.
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 KK (SDK)
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