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Japan’s Sumitomo to close its steam cracker in Chiba

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 07/05/2015 (12:00)
According to market sources, Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical is planning to permanently shut its naphtha-based steam cracker in Chiba on May 11. In 2013, the company had announced that they would close the steam cracker because of weaker domestic demand and rising imports. The cracker has a production capacity of 415,000 tons/year.

The company reportedly will secure the required feedstocks for its PE, PP and propylene oxide production from Keiyo Ethylene’s cracker. Keiyo Ethylene is a joint venture between Maruzen Petrochemical, Mitsui Chemicals and Sumitomo Chemical. Keiyo Ethylene’s cracker, located in Chiba, has a production capacity of 700,000 tons/year.
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