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SDK to Expand Chloroprene Rubber Production Capacity

Showa Denko K.K.
July 16, 2008

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to expand its chloroprene rubber production capacity at its Kawasaki site from 20,000 tons/year to 23,000 tons/year. The expansion work will begin late this month for completion in September this year.

Demand for chloroprene rubber is steadily increasing for use in automotive parts and many other applications owing to the material’s high resistance to oils, heat and weather as well as its high flame retardance. Meanwhile, supply has been tight in recent years as a result of withdrawal and production cuts by Western chloroprene rubber manufacturers. SDK is going to expand its production capacity to ensure a reliable supply of chloroprene rubber to its customers.

SDK began its chloroprene rubber business in 1960 by establishing a joint venture with DuPont. The joint venture was later dissolved and SDK has been conducting the business on its own since November 2002.

Based on its expertise accumulated for almost 50 years, SDK will aim to further improve existing products and develop new grades to meet customer requirements.

[SDK’s chloroprene rubber plant]

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