Japan Chemical Trading Blog
Sumitomo Seika Chemicals to Build a New Factory in South Korea
On May 28, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals announced that it is going to construct a superabsorbent polymer (SAP) production facility (annual production capacity 59,000 tons) in Yeosu, South Korea, investing about 10 billion yen, operation to start in May 2016, their 4th SAP production base after Japan
(Himeji), Singapore and France.
SAP is a powder which pectizes water, saline, urine, blood or other liquid by absorbing fluid and is used to manufacture paper diapers, sanitary goods, etc. It can absorb hundreds times as much water as its own weight and syneresis is hardly caused even when pressure is applied.
Demand for SAP has been increasing year by year as paper diapers are becoming popular in emerging countries and demand for adult diapers is increasing in advanced countries where the population is aging.
Upon the operation commencement of the new factory in May, 2016, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals will have 386,000 tons of SAP annual production capacity.
Other SAP makers in Japan are Nippon Shokubai and San-Dia Polymers among others.