Showa Denko Ups High-Purity Aluminum Foils Capacity in China

Showa Denko Ups High-Purity Aluminum Foils Capacity in China 
Tokyo, July 25, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) -  Showa Denko (SDK) (Tokyo: 4004) has
decided to expand its capacity to produce high-purity aluminum foils for
aluminum electrolytic capacitors in China. It will increase productive capacity
of Showa Denko Aluminum (Nangtong) (SDAN) from 400 tons a month at present to
600 tons a month. SDK plans to start operation of the expanded plant in
January, 2015. 
As SDK Group's local production base, SDAN has been conducting final
processing of rolled foils as intermediate products supplied from SDK's
Sakai Plant to provide our customers in China with high-purity aluminum foils
in a timely manner. SDAN started its commercial production in September, 2013.
SDK decided to increase the productive capacity of SDAN in order to respond to
the expanding Chinese market of high-purity aluminum foils for high voltage
use(1) produced by SDAN, due mainly to increasing demand for aluminum
electrolytic capacitors applied to industrial equipment. The combined
production capacity of high-purity aluminum foils of the Sakai Plant and SDAN
continues to be 3,000 tons a month, as in the past. 
Aluminum electrolytic capacitors are used in wide areas, including electric
appliances, IT devices, electric vehicles, hybrid cars and equipment for power
generation with renewable energy sources. Especially in China, the demand for
aluminum electrolytic capacitors is expected to increase in the application to
power conditioners for environment friendly cars and solar power generation. 
The Showa Denko Group will aim to respond to the expansion of the global
market of aluminum electrolytic capacitors in a timely manner, by ensuring
stable supply of high-quality, high-purity aluminum foils. 
(1) Electrolytic foils made from 99.99% purity of aluminum or higher. It has a
withstanding voltage of 200V or higher. 
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 . 
Contact: 
Showa Denko (SDK)
Public Relations Office
Phone: +81-3-5470-3235 
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