JAPAN -- Polyplastics Co., Ltd. decided to expand its production capacity of DURACON® polyoxymethylene (POM) with 90,000 metric tons/year, at Polyplastics Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia (HQ: Kuala Lumpur, Plant: Kuantan, Pahang). The construction will be completed in October 2013, and its operation will be started in early 2014. This will be record-scale investment for Polyplastics.
Polyplastics has four production bases for POM in Japan (Fuji Plant), Taiwan (Kaohsiung), China (Nantong) and Malaysia (Kuantan) and the Group can produce 200,000 metric tons/year. As a result of this investment, the Group's POM production capacity will total about 290,000 metric tons/year, accounting for about a third of the world's total demand for POM. After the completion of the facilities, POM production capacity of Polyplastics Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. will reach 120,000 metric tons/year, making the company the largest POM producer within the Group.
In this expansion, Polyplastics will introduce its original polymerization technology and it will realize the world's top-level energy-saving. It will help Polyplastics achieve the greatest cost competitiveness and provide high-quality products. At the same time, Polyplastics will realize the stable supply capacity in the Asia and take the responsibility for supplying products as the top manufacturer of POM.
Polyoxymethlene boasts its mechanical properties, sliding properties and moldability, and has been used in diverse industrial field such as automobiles, OA supplies, home electric appliances and commodities like fastener or buckle. Its market has been expanded in line with economic growth of Asia.
The world's demand for POM is estimated 900,000 Metric Tons/year, and more than 50 percent of that is consumed in Asia. Demand for POM in Asia is expected to grow by about 4-8% (annually) in line with China and ASEAN countries' economic growth. Furthermore, it is expected that India market will be arise in the near future, so Polyplastics forecasts POM market in Asia is going to be bigger than now.
About Polyplastics Group
Polyplastics Group is a specialized manufacturer and marketer of engineering plastics and the first company in Japan to manufacture polyacetal. Its Fuji Plant possesses the largest polyacetal plant (100,000 tons/year). Currently, Polyplastics is a company central to a corporate group that provides a variety of advanced materials and whose global service network stretches from its origins in the Asia-Pacific region to America and Europe.
Source: Polyplastics Group