Mitsui Chemicals: Expansion of High Performance Nonwoven Facilities

Further Strengthening Hygienic Material Business to Meet Growing Demand

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (TOKYO:4183; President & CEO: Tsutomu Tannowa)
will grow high performance nonwoven facilities at their Nagoya works as
follows, to meet the increasing need moving forward for premium diapers.

Overview of the New Facilities
1. Product Target:  

High performance nonwoven fabrics (primarily for premium diapers)

2. Location: Mitsui Chemicals’ Nagoya works
3. New Capacity: 15,000 tons/year
(total production capacity increasing from 94,000 (see note) to
109,000 tons/year)


Sunrex Industry Co., Ltd. (Yokkaichi City): 49,000 tons/year

Mitsui Hygiene Materials (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Thailand): 30,000
Mitsui Chemicals Nonwovens (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. (China): 15,000
4. Schedule: Construction Start: April, 2016
Construction Completion: November, 2017 (tentative)
Commercial Operations: March, 2018 (tentative)

Within our Mid-Term Business Plan we are positioning our healthcare
business as one of our targeted business domains that drive growth, in
addition to Mobility, Food & Packaging domains. The nonwoven business,
as part of the healthcare business sector, aims to further expand by
supplying both of Japan and the rest of Asia to support the growth of
premium diaper manufacturers there.

The disposable diaper market in Asia is witnessing steady expansions in
demand in part because of the increasing use of disposable diapers and
the relaxing of China’s one-child policy. In recent years there has also
been a dramatic expansion of the high-quality, highly functional premium
disposable diaper market, resulting in more efforts on the part of
manufacturers to develop systems to increase production.

To foster a more stable supply of high performance nonwoven fabrics for
premium diaper manufacturers, we recently decided to increase our high
performance nonwoven facilities. By choosing to bring new facilities
online at our Nagoya works, which serves as a hub for our functional
materials production, we are anticipating that the utilization of
technical skills developed at the Nagoya works will lead to further
improvements in our high performance nonwoven process with its
techniques and will strengthen our engineering system.

To meet the growing demand for high performance nonwoven fabrics in Asia
moving forward, we focus on further increases to our manufacturing
facilities that would offer both of better quality and
cost-competitiveness. We believe that this will further solidify our
position as a leader in the high performance nonwoven market.


Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
Takashi Kawamoto, +81-3-6253-2100
Communications Division