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Mitsui Expands Production of Hydroquinone at its Iwakuni-Ohtake Works

SpecialChem / Feb 1, 2012

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. announced a 1,000 ton production augmentation of hydroquinone at its Iwakuni-Ohtake Works.

Action Lower Viscosity Production Capacity(t/y)
Iwakuni-Ohtake Hydroquinone Current
11500
Increase
1000
Post-Augmentation
12,500
Completion June 2013 (tentative)

Demand for hydroquinone, with main uses including polymerization inhibitors, anti-oxidant ingredients for rubbers, and as pigments, has increased significantly worldwide and especially in Asia in line with growing demands for acrylic acid, methyl methacrylate, and acrylonitrile in which it is used as a polymerization inhibitor.

Expanded needs have resulted in ongoing tight supply. The Iwakuni-Ohtake Works of Mitsui Chemicals boasts the world's largest production facilities for hydroquinone and the Company holds Asia's top market share.

The planned production augmentation will increase our competitiveness and will respond to the continuing growth in demand for hydroquinone and further intensify the Company's position as Asia's top manufacturer.

About Mitsui Chemicals

Chemistry is an industry where the dream of creating new wealth for people's lives is realized. Mitsui Chemicals contributes to society by providing high-quality products and services to customers through innovations and creation of materials while maintaining harmony with the global environment.

Source: Mitsui Chemicals


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