Japan: Cellulose Derivatives Shin-Etsu Invests in Cellulose Business in Japan and Europe
Shin-Etsu Chemical announced plans to invest approx. $ 180 million in the cellulose derivative production at their Naoetsu Plant in Joetsu City, Japan and at SE Tylose in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Tokyo/Japan — The investment projects are aimed for completion in mid-2019. By expanding its lineup of cellulose products, the company intends to cover the growing demand for cellulose products and aims for the further growth of its cellulose business.
The manufacturer began production of cellulose at its Naoetsu Plant from 1962. Since that time, they kept on expanding this plant’s production capacity, and at the same time, in 2003, it acquired the cellulose business of Clariant AG (which became SE Tylose), as it continued to expand its cellulose derivatives business.
In 2016, the company expanded its cellulose production capacity when it began producing hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC), a type of cellulose derivative, at a newly constructed manufacturing facility in the State of Louisiana in the United States. At present, the company supplies its various cellulose products to its worldwide customers from sites in Japan, Europe and the United States.
Cellulose derivatives are water-soluble polymers whose principle raw material is cellulose pulp. Their main applications are in the areas of building construction materials and pharmaceuticals, and they are used as well in a wide range of other fields such as in foods, automobiles, personal care products and civil engineering.