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Mitsui Chemicals and SCG Chemicals Form JV to Produce LLDPE Sealant Film in Bangkok

Published on 2012-04-04. Author : SpecialChem

Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello, Inc. (MCTI) with its Head Office in Tokyo, Japan (Yukio Hara, President & CEO), a 100% subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (MCI) and SCG Chemicals Co.,Ltd. (SCG-C) with its Head Office in Bangkok, Thailand (Cholanat Yanaranop, President) agreed to establish a joint venture company and construct new production facilities for highly functional linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) sealant film (T.U.X.™).

The production is expected to begin early 2014 and estimated production capacity is 15,000 tons/year.

Background

Asian demand for packaging films has grown significantly bolstered by population increases and economic growth.

T.U.X.™, a highly functional LLDPE sealant film with main uses such as food packaging, is made from EVOLUE™, a polyethylene manufactured and distributed by Prime Polymer Co., Ltd., a MCI Group company.

T.U.X.™ is a high-strength cast film, resistant to tear and leakage, with outstanding gloss and good sealing properties. The film greatly improves manufacturing efficiency and transparency with consistent high precision thickness and low fisheye (gel) formation.

The product is expected to greatly contribute to safe and hygienic food preservation, satisfying demands of significantly growing Asian consumer and distribution sectors.

As a fundamental strategy in its 2011 Mid-term Business Plan (2011-2013), MCI targets strengthening its functional films/sheet business. Establishment of "Siam Tohcello" is one of the specific measures of this strategy.

SCG-C is a core company of Siam Cement PLC with sales networks throughout Asia. The MCI Group and SCG-C currently operate successful joint venture companies and have fostered a long and good business relationship. The new joint venture company is expected to smoothly commence operations at an early stage.

The new production facility will bring MCTI's annual production capacity of highly functional LLDPE sealant film to 65,000 tons, with a possibility of further facility expansion, and thereby strengthening its market position as the global leader in highly functional sealant films. MCTI will continue efforts to meet demands of an expanding market by strategically intensifying and expanding operations.

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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