LG Chem to invest $278 MM to increase acrylic acid, super absorbent polymer output

SEOUL (Reuters) — LG Chem Ltd, South Korea’s largest chemical company, said on Tuesday it will spend $278.32 MM on expanding its acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymer production capacity by the first half of 2019.

The company said in a statement that the investment aims to focus on boosting its higher-value petrochemical business.

The expansion will increase the production capacity of its plants in the southwestern city of Yeosu by 180,000 tpy of crude acrylic acid to 700,000 tpy, and by 100,000 tpy of super absorbent polymer to 500,000 tpy, LG Chem said.

Crude acrylic acid is a feedstock for super absorbent polymer that is typically used to make diapers.

Reporting by Jane Chung; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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