Thailand: Fibrous Magnesium Oxysulfate Ube Material Industries to Set Up MOS-Hige Plant
With the rising demand of MOS-Hige magnesium oxysulfate whisker in Asia, the new plant is expected to have an annual production capacity of 1,500 tonnes.
Tokyo/Japan – Ube Material Industries, a subsidiary of the UBE Group, has recently announced that it will establish a plant for manufacturing MOS-Hige magnesium oxysulfate whisker in Thailand. The new plant will be constructed within the industrial complex of UBE Chemicals (Asia) located in the Rayong Province.
MOS-Hige is added to plastics as a filler to help reduce the weight of automobiles. Demand for MOS-Hige is growing amid a global trend for automakers to reduce the weight of automobiles in an effort to lower carbon dioxide emissions and address global warming. Ube Material Industries currently has an annual production capacity of 3,000 tonnes of MOS-Hige, having twice expanded its production facilities in 2012 and 2015.
Ube Material Industries currently manufactures MOS-Hige at a single plant in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. With demand for MOS-Hige expected to continue growing, and with its commitment to better serving the local procurement needs of resin compound manufacturers outside of Japan, Ube Material Industries decided to establish a local plant for MOS-Hige in Thailand, which is a center of automotive production in Asia.
The new plant in Thailand will have 1,500 tonnes of annual production capacity. Construction will begin in April 2018, with completion scheduled in August 2019. The new plant will bring the company’s annual production capacity for MOS-Hige to 4,500 tonnes, once production in Thailand is commenced in September 2019.