JAPAN: Mitsubishi Chemical develops Durabio as new bio-based engineering plastic

Mitsubishi said it will move "aggressively” to promote sales of Durabio for use in touch panels on automobiles, a sector where demand is expected to increase significantly.

The company is producing Durabio at a 5,000-t/y plant in Kurosaki, Japan. Mitsubishi plans to develop additional applications for Durabio and increase production to 16,000 t/y by fiscal year 2015.

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 27 Jan 2014

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)