Establishment of New EPT Joint Venture Company and Production Plant in China

October 28,2010
Mitsui Chemicals,Inc.
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “MCI”) with its Head Office in Tokyo, Japan (Toshikazu Tanaka, President & CEO) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (hereinafter referred to as “Sinopec”) with its head office in Beijing, China (Wang Tianpu, President)signed a Letter of Intent in December 2009 agreeing to conduct a study to form a joint venture for EPT (ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer. See “Note” below) business in China.

MCI and Sinopec announced a formal agreement to establish a new joint venture company and construct an EPT plant with the capacity of 75,000 tons in Shanghai, China. This new plant will adopt metallocene catalyst technology a first in China. It will be the most advanced and one of the world's largest plants.

A high value added ethylene-propylene rubber, EPT is mainly used in automotive applications (seals, hoses, etc.) and its demand is expected to increase significantly at rates of approx 10% per year driven by the rapidly growing Chinese automobile industry.

MCI and Sinopec will enhance the synergy of both companies' strengths — MCI's advanced EPT production technology, R&D capabilities and sales network, and Sinopec's highly competitive raw materials, infrastructure and highly skilled human resources — to secure a share of the rapidly growing Chinese market and actualize a globally competitive EPT joint venture whereby contributing greatly to the profitability of both companies.

Outline of EPT Joint Venture

  1. Location : Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, Shanghai, China
  2. Name (tentative) : Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Elastomers, Co., Ltd. (50:50 investment)
  3. Production Capacity : 75,000 tons/year
  4. Production Process : Mitsui Chemicals technology
  5. Establishment of Joint Venture : Second Half of 2011
  6. Commercial Operation : First Quarter of 2014
  7. Total Investment : approximately 27 billion yen

The phenols and acetone joint projects of the two companies have resulted in a 250,000 tons per annum plant for phenol, and a 150,000 tons per annum plant for acetone in August this year and scheduled for commercial operation in the second quarter of 2013.

Note : EPT, which has good resistance to heat/cold, UV rays, and chemicals, in addition to good electric insulation and other superior properties, is widely used in automotive parts, electric cables, and in other industrial materials.


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