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Mitsui Chemicals to Build a Large Scale XDI Plant for Adhesives, Engineering Materials & Coatings in Japan

Published on 2014-02-10. Author : SpecialChem

TOKYO -- Mitsui Chemicals 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.

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 in solar cells and smartphones, and in high durability building sealants and highly safe microcapsules. Additional demand is also expected by product shifts from different materials.

XDI is also used in the Group's one of the leading high refractive index ophthalmic lens monomers, sold under the brand name MR™ 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.

About Mitsui

Mitsui Chemicals is a Japanese Chemicals company listed on the Nikkei. It is a part of the Mitsui conglomerate. The company has a turnover of around 15 billion USD and has business interests in Japan, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the USA. It employs approximately 13,000 people worldwide. The company mainly deals in performance materials, petro and basic chemicals and functional polymeric materials. Mitsui Chemicals has its headquarters in the Shiodome City Center complex in Shiodome, Minato, Tokyo.

Source: Mitsui Chemicals

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