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Plant Watch: Business News for Dec. 2018

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Synthomer opens expanded nitrile latex production facility in Malaysia November 13, 2018 — Synthomer (London, U.K.; www.synthomer.com) opened its expanded nitrile latex production facility in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. This $63.5-million project added 90,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of capacity, and is the first of two planned expansion phases at the site using a new reactor technology. The second phase, adding a further 60,000 m.t./yr of nitrile latex capacity, is slated to come online in 2020.   Showa Denko completes expansion of nanoparticle TiO 2 plant November 12, 2018 — Showa Denko KK (SDK; Tokyo; www.sdk.co.jp) has completed a capacity expansion for nanoparticle titanium oxide (TiO 2) used in the production of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). At Showa Denko Ceramics’ plant in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, the new production line will increase capacity by 30%.   DuPont to build a new specialty materials manufacturing plant in East China November 8, 2018 — DuPont (Wilmington, Del.; www.dupont.com) is investing more than $80 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, in East China. The new facility will produce compounded engineering plastics and adhesives…
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