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Kaneka Builds Plant in Malaysia for Production of PI Film
 

Tokyo, Apr 21, 2012 (JCN) - Kaneka established Kaneka Apical Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. in February this year to expand its PI (polyimide) film business and began construction of a new plant on the premises of Kaneka Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

The new plant will primarily produce Apical NPI, a major grade of PI film, and will begin operations with an annual production capacity of approximately 600 tons in October 2013.

This expansion raises the total production capacity in Japan, the United States and Malaysia to 3,200 tons. Further capacity increases are planned by 2016, with a total investment amount of around 8 billion yen.

PI film is used widely in FPC (flexible printed circuit) boards, and the move is designed to meet the further increase in demand expected from therecent popularization of smartphones and tablet PCs.

The reasons for building the new plant in Malaysia include the trade advantages arising from the free trade agreements it has signed with Japan, China, South Korea, etc., the stable supply of utilities and comparatively low procurement costs due to its position as a producer of natural gas and the smaller amount of investment necessary as a result of constructing it on the already operational Kaneka Malaysia premises.

By Saroj Shrestha Staff Writer

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