Shin-Etsu to invest US$700 mn in silicone output in Japan

Shin-Etsu to invest US$700 mn in silicone output in Japan

Japanese firm Shin-Etsu Chemical Cowill implement over US$700 million in facility investments for its silicones business, one of its main businesses, with the aim of further expanding and strengthening this business.

As a result of the announcement in September 2018 concerning its facility investment plan of ¥110 billion for its silicones business, Shin-Etsu Chemical increased its production capacity of silicone monomer, the intermediate material of silicones, at its two bases in Japan and Thailand by about 1.5 times, compared to the previous level.

Now, due to strong demand from customers mainly for advanced functional products, it is going to further increase production capacity in this business field as a result of this new facility investment. Shin-Etsu has already stated that it will strengthen the development of new silicone products and put the emphasis in its products structure on so-called specialty products.

This new facility investment plan is aimed at strengthening this business strategy, and the investment amount is expected to exceed ¥80 billion. By these means, it adds that it will “meet the vigorously increasing demand for these products, and at the same time, we will be able to strengthen our stable supply system”.

The new facility investments will increase its production capacity of highly diversified types of silicone fluids, resins and rubber end products. In addition, it will go forward with endeavours toward contributing to the reduction of the environmental impact and to the development of advanced technologies such as by introducing equipment for moulding silicone rubber that does not require post cure and by introducing trial production equipment for Micro LED-related materials, which will improve productivity and save energy.

This new series of facility investments will be implemented centring around plants in Japan, starting with our main plant, the Gunma Complex in Gunma Prefecture, as well as the Takefu Plant in Fukui Prefecture and the Naoetsu Plant in Niigata Prefecture. It aims to sequentially complete these capacity-expansion projects and begin operations by 2025.