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Mitsubishi Chemical to Close Kashima Cracker

1:08 PM MDT | June 14, 2012 | Deepti Ramesh and Ian Young

Mitsubishi Chemical says it will close permanently the company’s No. 1 naphtha cracker at Kashima, Japan, citing expected lower demand. The intended closure, scheduled by 2014, forms part of a wider reorganization of basic petrochemicals production at the Kashima complex. The plans also include permanent closure of the site's No. 1 benzene unit. The program is expected to cost ¥9.8 billion ($123 million) and generate annualized fixed-cost savings of ¥4 billion. The No. 1 naphtha cracker has a production capacity of about 392,000 m.t./year of...

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