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...Expands Hydroquinone Manufacturing Capacity in Japan

4:52 PM MST | February 13, 2012

Mitsui Chemicals says it will increase production capacity for hydroquinone by 1,000 m.t./year, to 12,500 m.t./year at the company’s site at Iwakuni, Japan. The expansion is expected to be completed by June 2013. Demand for hydroquinone, which is used mainly as a polymerization inhibitor, as an antioxidant ingredient for rubbers, and as a pigment, has increased significantly worldwide and particularly in Asia. Demand is growing for hydroquinone as a polymerization inhibitor for acrylic acid, methyl methacrylate, and acrylonitrile, Mitsui says. Higher demand has...

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