Mitsui Chemicals will build the world's first large-scale
plant for xylylene diisocyanate (XDI) within its Omuta Works
complex in Japan's Omuta City.
The XDI plant will have a capacity of 5,000 tpy and start
commercial operations in October 2015.
XDI is a functional material made with proprietary technology
and offered only by the
Mitsui Chemicals. Extensively used in coatings and e
ngineering materials, it is widely used in products requiring
safety and durability such as adhesives for food packaging,
in special inks and coating materials such as those used in
solar cells and smartphones, and in high-durability building
sealants and microcapsules.
Additional demand is also expected by product shifts from
different materials, according to Mitsui officials.
XDI is also used in the Mitsui's high refractive index
ophthalmic lens monomers, sold under the brand name MRTM
Lens, which allow processing and design freedom, and
have strong durability, clarity, impact resistance, and
The new state-of-the-art XDI plant will not only enable
Mitsui Chemicals to meet expanding demands for specialty
coatings & engineering materials, but will also provide
solutions to QOL needs for improved and more comfortable
eyewear around the world, said Satoshi Tsuruda, general
manager of the health care materials division at Mitsui
With the establishment of the new XDI plant, Mitsui Chemicals
says it will aggressively expand its global business and
strengthen its competitive position for its ophthalmic lens
monomers operations as well as its coatings and engineering