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Asahi Kasei to Expand Production Capacity for Duranate™ HDI-based Polyisocyanate in China

Published on 2013-04-15. Author : SpecialChem

Asahi Kasei Chemicals will expand production capacity at its plant in China for Duranate™ hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI)-based polyisocyanate, a hardener for non-yellowing polyurethane automotive coatings and many other applications.

Developed with original technology, Duranate™ HDI polyisocyanate, is used for polymerization and cross-linking of polyurethane. Used as a corrosion-resistant coating material in automotive, architectural, and other applications, non-yellowing polyurethane made with Duranate™ features excellent mechanical and chemical properties as well as superior weather resistance. Polyurethane materials made with Duranate™ are also used as inks, adhesives, castings, and a wide range of other applications.

Stable growth in worldwide demand for HDI polyisocyanate is forecasted, with particularly strong demand growth in China as automotive ownership continues to expand and social infrastructure continues to develop. Asahi Kasei Chemicals is principally focused on the Asian market for HDI polyisocyanate, with Duranate™ plants in Hyuga, Miyazaki, Japan, and Nantong, Jiangsu, China. The expansion of the plant in China announced today will reinforce the company's leading position in Asia while enabling further expansion of supply to other markets throughout the world.

About Asahi Kasei Group

The Asahi Kasei Group is structured with Asahi Kasei Corp. as a holding company and nine core operating companies focused on specific fields of operation. The nine core operating companies enjoy broad independence and autonomy to swiftly adapt and respond to changes in the operating environment. The holding company is focused on strategic planning & analysis, administration of resources, oversight of management execution, and development of new businesses which extend beyond the scope of any single operating segment.

Source: Asahi Kasei

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