Japan: Polyethylenes Mitsui Chemicals Expands Production to Manufacture Hi-Zex Million
Hi-Zex Million is an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and the company has undertaken this expansion plan to meet the increasing demand for automotive and industrial batteries.
Japan – Mitsui Chemicals has expanded production facilities to manufacture Hi-Zex Million ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene in response to growing demand for automotive and industrial batteries. The additional facilities came online on August 7. This action boosts the company's production capacity for the polyethylene by about 15 % to 8,500 tonnes per year from the previous 7,500 tonnes per year capacity.
Mitsui Chemicals developed Hi-Zex Million through application of the company’s proprietary technology in catalysts and processes, giving this ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene an average molecular weight of up to 6 million. Due to the material's excellent chemical resistance, abrasion resistance, impact resistance and self-lubrication, it is used in diverse fields such as lithium-ion battery separators, industrial materials and medical devices.
Furthermore, the polyethylene retains a consistent shape and provides excellent solubility. With these properties helping to streamline the customers' fabrication processes, the product has been certificated as Mitsui Chemical's Blue Value. Positioning Hi-Zex Million as a strategic product in the key business domain of mobility, Mitsui Chemicals will continue to be proactive in further strengthening and expanding this business.