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Shin-Etsu Hikes Methylcellulose Capacity

11:24 AM MDT | September 21, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Shin-Etsu says it will spend ¥30 billion ($258.8 million) to expand methylcellulose (MC) capacity in Germany and in Japan. At Wiesbaden, Germany, its SE Tylose subsidiary will start manufacturing pharmaceutical-grade MC in April 2009, and Shin-Etsu’s Naoetsu plant in Japan will increase production of pharma-grade MC by October 2008. SE Tylose will also raise capacity for construction-grade MC. In total, SE Tylose’s MC capacity will rise by 10,000 m.t./year, to 50,000 m.t./year, and Shin-Etsu’s MC total to 70,000...

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