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Business News – April 2019

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Asahi Kasei plans LIB separator capacity expansions March 14, 2019 — Asahi Kasei Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; www.asahi-kasei.co.jp) will enhance its manufacturing infrastructure for lithium-ion battery (LIB) separator products at the company’s existing facilities in Moriyama, Japan and North Carolina, with completion scheduled for 2021. The investment for this project is around¥30 billion ($270 million). This expansion will result in a 300 million-m 2 /yr rise in wet-process capacity and a 150 million-m 2 /yr rise in dry-process capacity. Outotec to construct sulfuric acid plant in Morocco March 13, 2019 — Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) signed a contract with OCP Group in Morocco for the construction of a sulfuric acid plant for fertilizer production. The €80-million order includes advanced proprietary technologies, including a heat-recovery system, as well as a converter, absorption towers and an acid-distribution system.   Invista signs first Middle East technology license for purified terephthalic acid March 12, 2019 — Invista (Wichita, Kan.; www.invista.com) and Pan-Asia PET Resin (Guangzhou) Co. reached an agreement for the licensing of Invista’s purified terephthalic acid (PTA) process…
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