Chemical trio plan major elastomer JV in Thailand

Tokyo – Japan’s Kuraray Co. Ltd and Sumitomo Corp. are planning a joint venture with PTT Global Chemical Public Co. Ltd (PTTGC) of Thailand to make a heat resistant polyamide (PA9T) and hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer (HSBC) products in Thailand.

The JV project features a new plant to be built in Hemaraj Eastern Industrial Estate in Thailand’s Rayong province. It will produce 13,000 tonnes/year of PA9T and 16,000 tons/year of HSBC.

Kuraray will also conduct a feasibility study about producing 3-methyl-1,5-pentanediol, one of the company’s isobutene derivatives,…

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