JAPAN: Japan Butyl Co. Expanding Capacity For Halobutyl Rubber at Kashima

"The expansion by our affiliate's joint venture at Kashima will add 10,000 t/y of capacity in the region,” said John Lyon, ExxonMobil Chemical's vice president for butyl

"Demand for halobutyl rubber is expected to grow at about 6% per year, mainly in the Asia Pacific region,” he noted.  The expansion is expected to be completed
this year.

JBC in 2010 completed an expansion of its Kawasaki butyl rubber plant to 98,000 t/y.Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA, 2 Jan 2012(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)