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Wacker starts up new production plant for specialty monomers; and more business news

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Sumitomo announces battery-separator capacity expansion, new plant in Korea June 10, 2015 — Sumitomo Chemical Co. (Tokyo; www.sumitomo-chem.co.jp) plans to more than double its production capacity for lithium-ion secondary battery separators at a site in Japan. In addition, a new production plant for lithium-ion secondary battery separators will be built in South Korea, and is scheduled to start commercial-scale production in 2017.   Wacker starts up new production plant for specialty monomers at Burghausen June 9, 2015 — Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.wacker.com) started up a new plant with a capacity of 3,800 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of the specialty monomers vinyl neodecanoate and vinyl laurate at its Burghausen site in Germany. Wacker invested €8 million in the new facility.   Messer commissions production facility for krypton and xenon in China June 9, 2015 — Messer Group GmbH (Bad Soden, Germany; www.messergroup.com) has commissioned a new production facility for the noble gases krypton and xenon, located in Panzhihua, Sichuan, China. The new facility has production capabilities for 5,000 m3/yr of krypton and 450 m3/yr of xenon.   Kemira opens manufacturing plant for water-treatment…
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