By Liz White, ERJ staff
Tokyo-Japanese polymer producer Kuraray Co. Ltd is to spend $12 million to expand its US subsidiary’s production of thermoplastic elastomers by 6 kilotonnes per annum, to 18 ktpa.
The subsidiary, Septon Co. of America, based in Pasadena, Texas, started production of two types of hydrogenated styrenic elastomers-Septon and Hybrar-in 2002.
The current work-which involves debottlenecking the plant, will be completed in March 2007, a Kuraray statement said.
The decision to make the investment, “was driven by both the expansion of demand, chiefly…