Asahi Kasei Chemicals to construct new acetonitrile plant in South Korea

Asahi Kasei Chemicals will build a new acetonitrile plant at the site of Tong Suh Petrochemical's Ulsan plant grounds in South Korea.

The new plant, with a production capacity of 11,000 tons per year, is expected to come onstream in January 2014.

The proposed acetonitrile plant will use crude acetonitrile byproduct from other acrylonitrile plants in Korea.

The facility, along with the company's Japanese acetonitrile plant, will help Asahi Kasei Chemicals to meet the growing demand for acetonitrile.

Produced by refining the crude acetonitrile obtained as a by-product of acrylonitrile, acetonitrile is used to manufacture pharmaceuticals and agrichemicals.

Asahi Kasei Chemicals operates an acetonitrile plant in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, which has a production capacity of 14,000 tons per year.

The company is currently building a new acrylonitrile plant in Ulsan with start up slated for January 2013.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Asahi Kasei has plants in Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand, the US and Germany.