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Nippon Shokubai (JP) expands production in Zwijndrecht

Nippon Shokubai – former winner of Flanders Investment & Trade’s Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy – has funneled EUR 350 million into the construction of two new production sites in Zwijndrecht, Flanders. The investment provides 70 extra jobs and also ensures the long-term anchoring of the Japanese chemical company at the Port of Antwerp.

Completion ceremony for the new plants of superabsorbent polymers in Antwerp, Nippon Shokubai

Two new production sites

Nippon Shokubai recently invested in the construction of a new plant for the production of superabsorbent polymers. The plant has a capacity of 100,000 tons per year. In addition, a new production site with the same capacity was also built for the manufacture of acrylic acid, the main raw material for the polymers.

Global demand increase

Yujiro Goto, president of Nippon Shokubai, said: "Global demand for superabsorbent polymers is growing at a steady rate. It will also grow steadily in Europe, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. Now that we’re able to consistently produce acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers here, we can meet the growing demand better. This vertical integration is one of our major advantages.”

World leader in acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers

Nippon Shokubai was founded in 1941 and is the world leader in the production of acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers. The Japanese company has more than 4,000 employees worldwide. The Zwijndrecht site, the firm’s European headquarters since 1999, employs 188 people.

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5 October 2018

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