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Inline PP Compounding Plant Starts Up in Thailand

Startup precedes shuttering of PP plant in Japan by parent company JPP.

Stephen Moore

August 5, 2020

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Image: Mytex Polymers

Japan Polypropylene and 50:50 joint venture partner IRPC of Thailand have formally started commercial operations at their 140,000-tonnes/year polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Chonburi Province, Thailand. The compounding plant is fed directly with raw material from a 300,000-tonnes/yr PP polymerization plant located upstream.

Simultaneously, JPP has announced plans to shut down in January next year a 70,000-tonnes/year PP polymerization train located at Kashima in Japan. These developments highlight JPP’s strategy of rolling out a global PP compounds network targeting automotive applications. The company is also active in the USA,. Mexico, China, India, and Europe.

The Thai operation in particular will boast superior cost competitiveness on account on its inline compounding technology, which is more suited to producing grades for use in conjunction with color masterbatches. The two partners plan to jointly supply PP compounds to the Southeast Asian market.

The closure of the slurry process polymerization train in Japan reflects the increased competition anticipated in the Japanese domestic market from imported resin for commodity applications.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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