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Explosion, fire at Nippon Shokubai's Himeji plant could lead to diaper shortages

2:03 AM MDT | October 1, 2012 | Natasha Alperowicz

An explosion and fire at Nippon Shokubai’s superabsorbents manufacturing facility at Himeji, near Osaka, on September 29 killed a fireman and injured 35 other emergency service workers. Nippon Shokubai is the world’s leading producer of superabsorbents and the Himeji plant, with capacity for 320,000 m.t./year of superabsorbents, accounts for about 20% of the global market. The incident may lead to shortages of diapers, made from superabsorbents, analysts say.   Nippon Shokubai says the first explosion occurred at about  14:40, as fire...

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