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SDP Global Boosts Production Capacity of Superabsorbent Polymers in China
Updated: 2013-11-06 17:12 Source: PUWORLD share:

SDP Global Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary of Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. and a joint venture company created between Sanyo Chemical Industries and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, announced that it will increase production capacity of superabsorbent polymers (“SAP”) at its Chinese subsidiary San-Dia Polymers (Nantong)Co., Ltd. The company plans to invest more than 5 billion yen in the expansion to increase output by 80,000 tons per year, with the new facilities to begin operation in July 2015. This will bring SDN’s total manufacturing capacity to 230,000 tons per year, and the combined total output of SAP by SDP and SDN in Japan and China to 360,000 tons per year (fourth highest globally).

SDP is a specialist SAP manufacturer founded in September 2013 as a joint venture between Sanyo Chemical Industries (70% stake) and Toyota Tsusho (30%). The company has worked to meet demand for SAP in Japan and overseas through a total annual production output of 280,000 tons at its three plants in Nagoya (110,000 tons/year), Ogaki (20,000 tons/year), and SDN (150,000 tons/year).

In recent years, demand for SAP used in disposablediapers has grown rapidly in China and other emerging countries. Although SDN added an extra 70,000 tons/year of output capacity in July 2011 in the plant’s third expansion, followed by a subsequent 10,000 tonsin April 2013 through resolution of production bottlenecks, the decision to conduct a fourth expansion was made as the plant had once again reached the limit of its supply capabilities.

Furthermore, with robust demand forecast to continuethe plant is expected to again reach its supply limits within several years of the expanded facilities commencing operation in 2015.The company is therefore investigating the possible construction of new facilities or expansion of existing plants around 2017, centered inthe ASEAN region. SDP will combine existing R&D capabilities and manufacturing systems with Toyota Tsusho’s sales and logistics networks, while enhancing raw material procurement and funding capabilities, in order to accelerate global expansion in the growing SAP market through aggressive investment and ensure the continued stable supply of high quality products.

 

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