CHINA: Mitsui Chemicals to establish new production facility in China for long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene
Mitsui Chemicals Inc. has decided to set up a new 3,500 t/y production facility for long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) at Chinese manufacturing subsidiary Mitsui Advanced Composites (Zhongshan) Co. Ltd. This will become Mitsui Chemicals’ third manufacturing base for LGFPP, joining existing bases in Japan and the U.S.
By establishing this new facility, Mitsui Chemicals’ production capacity for LGFPP will increase to 10,500 t/y. The project is scheduled to be completed in February 2020 with operations commencing in September 2020. Mitsui Advanced Composites (Zhongshan) Co. Ltd. is owned 50 % by Mitsui Chemicals, 20 % by Prime Polymer, 20 % by SCG Chemicals and 10 % by others. Developed by Prime Polymer Co., Ltd., Mitsui Chemicals’ LGFPP is a composite material made by melting and mixing polypropylene (PP) resin with long glass fibers.
Source: Mitsui Chemicals Inc. website, Tokyo; 5 Mar 2019
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)