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Mitsubishi Chemical to Close Kashima Cracker

8:44 AM MDT | June 15, 2012 | —Ian Young and Deepti Ramesh

Rebalancing Act: Capacities will be reduced at Mitsubishi’s Kashima complex. Mitsubishi Chemical says it will close permanently the company’s No. 1 naphtha cracker at Kashima, Japan, citing an expected weakening in 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 overall program is expected to cost ¥9.8 billion ($123 million) and generate annualized fixed-cost savings...

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