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Sumitomo Chemical to Build Polyethersulfone (PES) Plant in Chiba

Japan: Sumitomo Chemical, a Japan based company, has planned to construct a polyethersulfone (PES) production facility at its Chiba Works in Ichihara City, Chiba, Japan. The manufacturing facility would have a production capacity of 3,000 tons per year and is expected to commence operations in 2018. The company already operates a PES manufacturing unit in its Ehime Works in Niihama, Ehime. PES, a high performance engineering plastics, is a thermoplastic resin with excellent properties in heat resistance, flame resistance, dimensional stability and hot water resistance. Construction of the new PES manufacturing facility in Chiba would result in Sumitomo Chemical’s combined total PES capacity to increase twofold.

TechSci Research depicts that rising demand for PES from various end users including expanding aircraft industry, dialysis membranes and automotive applications in Japan would aid the expansion of the Sumitomo Chemical’s business involving PES and other high performance engineering plastics.

According to the recent report published by TechSci Research, India Engineering Plastics Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020, India engineering plastics market is projected to exhibit a CAGR of over 13% during 2015–2020. Engineering plastics are used in India in diverse industries such as automotive, electrical & electronics, construction, etc. Increasing disposable income, changing consumer lifestyle, and rapid urbanization and industrialization are driving automotive manufacturing in India, thereby propelling the demand for engineering plastics in the country. Moreover, adoption of lightweight technology in various industries is further fueling growth in India engineering plastics market, as the use of engineering plastics results in weight reduction as well as performance enhancement, along with fostering environmental sustainability.

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