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Showa Denko Starts Up Ethyl Acetate Plant Using New Technology

Tokyo, June 10, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO: 4004) today started commercial operation of its new ethyl acetate plant at Oita Complex using its proprietary production process technology. A ceremony was held today at the complex to celebrate the completion of the new plant.

Ethyl acetate is an organic solvent used in wide-ranging applications, including printing ink, paint, and adhesives for electronic devices. Its business environment continues to be severe due to the rise in raw material/fuel costs and the increase in imports. SDK therefore decided last year to change the production process by adopting a highly efficient proprietary technology, and started constructing a new plant.

The conventional process was a two-stage process in which acetaldehyde, synthesized from ethylene, is converted into ethyl acetate. In the new process technology adopted this time, however, acetic acid is directly added to ethylene, enabling efficient production of high-quality ethyl acetate. While the technology is already being used at our production site in Indonesia, this is the first time that the technology is commercially used in Japan.

SDK aims to cope with changes in the market environment and better meet diversified customer requirements, strengthening its status as a stable supplier of high-quality products.

About Showa Denko

Showa Denko K.K. ('SDK'; TSE: 4004, US: SHWDF) is a major manufacturer and marketer of chemical products serving a wide range of fields ranging from heavy industry to the electronic and computer industries. SDK makes petrochemicals (ethylene, propylene), aluminum products (ingots, rods), electronic equipment (hard disks for computers) and inorganic materials (ceramics, carbons). The company has overseas operations and a joint venture with Netherlands-based Montell and Nippon Petrochemicals to make and market polypropylenes. In March 2001, SDK merged with Showa Denko Aluminum Corporation to strengthen the high-value-added fabricated aluminum products operations, and is today developing next-generation optical communications-use wafers. For more information, please visit www.sdk.co.jp .



Source: Showa Denko

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