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Nippon Shokubai restarts U.S. resin plant

December 7, 2012

Plant can make up to 60,000 tons of SAP per year.

Japan's Nippon Shokubai reported its U.S. subsidiary has restarted a resin plant closed earlier this year to make up for the shortage of superabsorbent polymer used in diapers following an explosion at its plant in Japan in September.

The Chattanooga, TN-based plant, which can make up to 60,000 tons per year of SAP used in diapers was closed after it was replaced by a new plant with the same capacity in June.

Global diaper output took a hit in September, following a chemical tank explosion at the company's Himeji plant in western Japan that produces about 20 percent of the world's SAP and 10 percent of the global output of acrylic acid.

With still no schedule for the restart of the Himeji plant, Nippon Shokubai said it would operate the old SAP plant from this month till December 2013.

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