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Asahi Kasei Completes Construction of Duranolâ„¢ PCD Plant in China

Published on 2014-12-01. Author : SpecialChem

Asahi Kasei Chemicals has completed the construction of a plant in China for Duranol™ polycarbonatediol (PCD), an intermediate for high-performance polyurethanes, and began its commercial operation.

PCD is used to make high-performance polyurethanes with characteristics such as exceptional heat resistance and water resistance. Demand for PCD is growing throughout the world as the polyurethane market increasingly shifts toward higher-performance. A highly functional PCD developed by Asahi Kasei Chemicals, Duranol™ features greater compatibility than ordinary PCD and enables polyurethanes to be obtained with greater softness than is possible with ordinary PCD. Duranol™ has the leading share of the Asian PCD market for polyurethanes for synthetic leather in automotive interiors, polyurethane coatings, and UV-curable polyurethanes. Demand for highly functional PCD is forecasted to continue to grow briskly throughout Asia and especially in China as a major center for manufacturing automobiles and consumer electronics.

Asahi Kasei Chemicals’ first plant for Duranol™ is located in its Mizushima Works, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan. The new plant in China will enable the company to meet demand growth with a stable supply infrastructure in Asia, reinforcing its position as a leading supplier of highly functional materials to manufacturers of high-performance polyurethanes, including Duranate™ HDI-based polyisocyanate.

Outline of the new PCD plant:
Site: Plant grounds of Asahi Kasei Performance Chemicals Corp.
Capacity: 3,000 tons/year*
Groundbreaking: Spring 2014
Start-up: November 2014

*PCD capacity totaling 6,000 tons/year together with 3,000 ton/year plant in Japan.

About Asahi Kasei Performance Chemicals Corp.
Asahi Kasei Performance Chemicals Corp. is located in the Nantong Economic and Technological Development Area, Nantong, Jiangsu, China. Atsushi Suzuki is the chairman of the company. It deals in manufacturing and sale of Duranate™ HDI-based polyisocyanate and Duranol™ polycarbonatediol.

Source: Asahi Kasei 

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