Saudi Arabia: Production of Thermoplastics MMA Monomer and PMMA Plants in Saudi Arabia Start Commercial Operation
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) announced that The Saudi Methacrylates Company (Samac), a joint venture between MCC and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, has successfully completed performance test of its plants for production of methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) in Saudi Arabia and commenced commercial operation of both plants on April 2nd, 2018.
Tokyo/Japan — Samac commenced test production and achieved in-specification production of both MMA monomer and PMMA last November, after which first shipment of MMA to customers was made. It has been in the process of optimizing operations since then.
The JV's manufacturing facilities in Jubail, Saudi Arabia include the world's largest MMA monomer plant which uses MCC Group's proprietary New Ethylene Method (Alpha Technology) for producing MMA monomer. Total capacity for this product amounts to 250,000 tons per year. The PMMA plant with an annual capacity of 40,000 tons uses the Japanese Group’s proprietary PMMA technology and MMA monomer as the key raw material.
Global demand for MMA monomer is expected to keep growing steadily with the growth of the world economy. MCC will utilize the JV as a strategic supply base for markets in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa.