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Asahi Kasei develops new polymer for optical applications, to build production facility in Japan

June 19, 2014 | Deepti Ramesh

Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC), an Asahi Kasei subsidiary, says that it has developed AZP, a new optical polymer featuring zero birefringence. Birefringence, also known as double refraction, when a ray of light splits into two when it passes through certain types of material, such as calcite crystals, AKC says. A manufacturing facility for AZP will be constructed at the company’s production site at Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The facility will be able to produce several thousand m.t./year and is expected to start production in the first quarter of...

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