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Mitsui Accelerates Shutdowns

Mitsui advances Kashima Works closure and shutdown of Omuta MDI facility

Mitsui Chemicals Group, in its newly released annual report, said it has decided to “bring forward” the closure of its Kashima Works in Japan and the shutdown of the diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) plant in Omuta, Japan, to May 2016 from the originally scheduled 31 December 2016 date.

Closure of the Kashima site involves the shutdown of all plants there. This includes the production of 117,000 t/y of toluene diisocyanate, 32,000 t/y of maleic anhydride, 15,000 t/y of fumaric acid, 1,500 t/y of speciality isocyanates and 900 t/y of hexamethylene diisocyanate. Mitsui’s production of speciality isocyanates at Kashima will be shifted to Omuta following the shutdown. At the same time, Mitsui will close its 60,000 t/y MDI plant at the Omuta site and dispose of the facility.