|[February 06, 2014]
Mitsui Chemicals Announces World's First Large Scale XDI Plant
TOKYO --(Business Wire)--
Mitsui Chemicals (TOKYO:4183)(President & CEO: Toshikazu Tanaka)
announced that the Company will take its competitive edge in its world
top share ophthalmic lens monomers and coatings & engineering materials
to the next level by constructing the world's first large scale plant
for XDI within its Omuta Works (Kyushu, Japan). This new development is
one of several measures the Company has undertaken in recent years to
restructure its business and product portfolio.
Mitsui Chemicals is the world top share opthalmic lens monomers supplier (Photo: Business Wire)
1. Product: XDI (xylylene diisocyanate)
Location: Omuta Works (Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan)
Capacity: 5,000 tons/year
4. Commercial operation: October 2015
XDI is a functional material made with proprietary technology and
offered only by the Mitsui Chemicals Group. Extensively used in coatings
& engineering materials, it is widely used in products requiring safety
and durability such as adhesives for food packaging, in special inks and
coating materials such as those used i solar cells and smartphones, and
in high durability building sealants and highly safe microcapsules.
Additional demand is also expected by product shifts from different
XDI is also used in the Group's world leading high refractive index
ophthalmic lens monomers, sold under the brand name MRTM Lens,
which allow processing and design freedom, and have superior durability,
clarity, impact resistance, and thinness. Mitsui Chemicals
revolutionized the global standard for eyewear with its "thin, light,
and impact resistant lens material".
"The new state-of-the-art XDI plant will not only enable Mitsui
Chemicals to meet expanding demands for specialty coatings & engineering
materials, but will also provide solutions to QOL needs for improved and
more comfortable eyewear around the world," says Satoshi Tsuruda,
General Manager of Health Care Materials Division at Mitsui Chemicals.
With the establishment of its new XDI plant, Mitsui Chemicals will
aggressively expand its global business and strengthen its world class
competitive position for its ophthalmic lens monomers operations and
coatings & engineering materials operations.
Mitsui Chemicals (TOKYO:4183, ISIN:JP3888300005)
contributes broadly to society by providing high-quality products and
services to customers through innovations and creation of materials and
products while keeping in harmony with the global environment. Mitsui
Chemicals' business portfolio includes healthcare, automotive materials,
food packaging, energy, agrochemicals, and others.
The Mitsui Chemicals Group traces its origins back to 1912. The Group
now has over 135 companies and around 14,000 employees in 27 countries
worldwide. In the fiscal year ending March 2013, the Group posted
consolidated sales of US$ 14,952 million.
More information can be
found at http://www.mitsuichem.com/index.htm
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