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Teijin to expand DMT supply capability  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo; www.teijin.co.jp)says it will expand its supply capability for dimethyl terephthalate (DMT), a petrochemical used as a raw material in producing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and for other specialty chemical applications. The company’s existing DMT production facility at the Matsuyama Factory in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, will add a new line that processes DMT into high-purity briquettes, the form suited for external sales. Capital expenditure for the expansion will be approximately one billion yen. Construction will begin in October, with operations scheduled to begin in April 2013. The expansion will enable Teijin to double its annual supply capability for DMT from the current 50,000 tons to 100,000 tons, making the company one of the largest DMT suppliers in the world. By 2016, the company plans to roughly triple its current revenue of approximately ¥5 billion from DMT sales. DMT is a petrochemical produced from mixed xylene. When polymerized with ethylene glycol, DMT can be used as a raw material for PET. In the past, DMT was widely used for this application, but now purified terephthalic acid (PTA), which can be mass-produced at larger facilities, has become the raw material of choice for general…
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