Idemitsu to increase production capacity for Xarec resin


Japan-based Idemitsu Kosan is all set to increase its production capacity for syndiotactic polystyrene resin (SPS) Xarec.

Idemitsu started production of the low-density engineering plastic SPS on an industrialised scale in 1997.

The company said it will increase the production capacity of the SPS manufacturing unit at its Chiba plant due to increasing demand for the product at an annual rate of around 10%.

"We will continue to strengthen our manufacturing systems for stable supply and expand our business."

The production capacity is set to increase from the existing 7,000t per year, to 9,000t per year. Completion is set to take place in April.

Idemitsu said in a statement: "We will continue to strengthen our manufacturing systems for stable supply and expand our business."

SPS has high heat-resistance, hydrolysis resistance, chemical resistance, and good electrical properties, and is primarily being used for electric parts in automobiles, as well as for electrical and electronic parts.

The resin is also used in parts of home appliances, cookware for microwave ovens, and industrial film.

The environmentally-friendly Xarec resin was created by Idemitsu at its central research laboratories, by combining a metallocene catalyst with a styrene monomer.

The company applied its advanced alloying and composite technology to expand the commercial potential of Xarec as an engineering plastic.

Xarec offers better hydrolysis resistance, and is highly resistant to corrosion by various acids and alkalis.