Mitsui Chemicals to Expand Production Capacity of ethylene
and α-olefin co-oligomer (Brand Name: LUCANT)

November 2, 2009
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Toshikazu Tanaka, President & CEO) announced a plan to construct a third plant within its Iwakuni-Ohtake Works to expand its production capacity for ethylene and α-olefin co-oligomer (Brand Name: LUCANT) to meet growing global demand for the product. LUCANT is a differentiated and unique viscosity modifier with high stability and a high viscosity index for automotive and industrial gear oils and greases.


1. ProductEthylene and α-olefin co-oligomer (colorless fluid)
2. Brand NameLUCANT
3. LocationIwakuni-Ohtake Works, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
4. ScheduleCommercial operation July 2011

Mitsui Chemicals has continued to strategically develop and expand the market for the unique product LUCANT which contributes to fuel-efficiency for automobiles and fulfills long drain for industrial lubricants. Global demand for this environment-friendly product is expected to increase with the growth of wind turbines on the global market as LUCANT is used as its gear oil.

Mitsui Chemicals has decided to reinforce the production capacity for the product in order to secure a stable supply capability and propel growth of its business for LUCANT.

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