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Mitsui Chemicals Affiliate Primes Plant for Biomass PP Production

Japan’s first commercial production and shipment of bio-based PP has been dispatched from Prime Polymer’s Osaka Works.

March 4, 2022

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Mitsui Chemicals Inc. subsidiary Prime Polymer Co., Ltd. has become the first company in Japan to commercially produce and ship biomass polypropylene (PP). Derived from bio-based hydrocarbons that Mitsui Chemicals received at its Osaka Works in Takaishi, Osaka, last December from Neste Corp., this PP is certified as bio-based using the mass balance method in accordance with ISCC PLUS certification for plastic and chemical derivatives.

Mitsui Chemicals is working to realize a circular economy through the two-pronged approach of chemical recycling and conversion to bio-based materials. Aiding in the effort to circumvent global warming, bio-based production represents an avenue of strategic importance when it comes to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

“We are delighted to have been able to ship and deliver what is the first bio-based PP we have made from bio-based raw materials through the mass balance method,” Fujimoto commented. “By providing biomass PP, Prime Polymer will once again be contributing to the value creation of its customers. In doing so, Prime Polymer will work together with its customers toward achieving a society that is recycling-oriented while still being convenient for everyone.”

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