Keeping in view the growing global demand of SAP, Nippon Shokubai has decided to build a new SAP plant with an annual capacity of 50,000 million tonnes per annum MTA) at Himeji plant. Global demand for SAP has been increasing at an annual rate of 6-7 per cent, reflecting growth in the diaper market – a major application for SAP. Global market for Super-Absorbent Polymers is projected to reach 2.2 million metric tons by 2020, driven by demand from new end-use applications and the continuous rise in demand for SAP-based products in emerging markets.
The company said in a statement today that it would apply latest technology to this new SAP facility for improving productivity. After validation of this technology in Himeji plant, the company also has plans to apply this technology to future SAP facilities for supplying high quality and cost competitive SAP to all over the world.
In accordance with the company's new long-term business plan “Reborn Nippon Shokubai 2020” , announced at April 2014, it will further large scale expansions in Belgium or other regions.
With this new plant, the Nippon Shokubai group’s global SAP production capacity will be 610,000MT/Y and it will retain its position in the global SAP market.
Super-absorbent polymer (SAP) is a granular material with exceptional ability to absorb aqueous solutions and is widely used in hygiene products such as diapers and feminine hygiene products. In addition, SAP finds use in agriculture, construction, entertainment and personal care.