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Ube Industries Celebrates Launch of New Facility for Butadiene Rubber in Malaysia

Published on 2015-08-25. Author : SpecialChem

TOKYO, japan -- Ube Industries, Ltd. announced that it had recently held a ceremony to commemorate the launch of Lotte Ube Synthetic Rubber Sdn. Bhd., a joint venture for the manufacturing of butadiene rubber (BR) based in the Tanjung Langsat industrial park in Johor, Malaysia. The ceremony took place recently and was attended by some 500 persons.

Michio Takeshita, Chairman of Ube Industries, and Shin Dong Bin, Chairman of the Lotte Group, spoke to the crowd on behalf of the shareholders, with The Honorable Dato' Khaled Nordin, Chief Minister of Johor state, also addressing the crowd.

Lotte Ube Synthetic Rubber has a BR production capacity of 50 kilotons per year, becoming the fourth BR production facility of the UBE Group. With facilities in Japan (126 kilotons), Thailand (72 kilotons), China (72 kilotons) and now Mayasia, the Ube Industries Group has a combined annual BR production capacity of 320 kilotons.

The main applications for BR are for use in tires, high impact polystyrene (HIPS), and shoe soles. Demand for BR is forecasted to grow significantly, centering on the Asian market, which is the biggest market for BR. Lotte Ube Synthetic Rubber plans to monitor trends in demand and eventually increase its production capacity by an additional 22 kilotons annually.

Ube Industries will seek to best leverage the capacity from four global plants, to further strengthen its presence in the growing Asian market.

About UBE Corporation Europe S.A

UBE is the wholly owned subsidiary of UBE Industries, Ltd. for Europe and Latin America. Headquartered in Castellon (Spain) and with offices in Madrid, Düsseldorf and Sao Paulo, it manufactures and distributes caprolactam, polyamides, fertilizers and fine chemical products. The drive for product and manufacturing technology innovation and a commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility are key management principles of the company.

UBE Industries, Ltd., founded in 1897, is a chemical company based in Ube, Japan.

Source: UBE Corporation

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