Asahi Kasei marks anniversary with new PP compound


Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc. recently marked its 10th anniversary with a two-day event for customers and suppliers -- and by placing a spotlight on a new polypropylene compound.

The July 15-16 event was held near Asahi Kasei’s location in Fowlerville, Mich. It was attended by officials with parent firm Asahi Kasei Corp. from both Japan and New York.

Asahi Kasei acquired the Fowlerville site — which had operated as Thermofil Inc. since its founding in Brighton, Mich., in 1967 — from Nippon Steel Chemical Co. Ltd. in 2000 in a deal valued at $92 million.

The site completed a major expansion in 2003...
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