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Shokubai counts cost of Himeji plant explosion

7:06 AM MDT | October 15, 2012

Nippon Shokubai has provided CW with an exclusive update on the situation at its Himeji, Japan, manufacturing complex following the 29 September explosion and fire there. The accident resulted in the death of one firefighter, as well as several serious injuries, and closed the entire complex until further notice. The accident knocked out about 18% of global capacity for superabsorbent polymers (SAP), Nippon Shokubai says. The company tells CW that it is considering measures to leverage some more capacity from its other SAP facilities. Nippon Shokubai is the...

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