July 8, 2008

Sekisui Chemical to Raise Auto Glass Interlayer Film Output

Tokyo, July 8 (Jiji Press)--Sekisui Chemical Co. said Tuesday it will boost its production capacity for interlayer films used in automotive laminated glass, aiming at manufacturing enough film annually for 78 million cars, up from the current 66 million.

The Osaka-based company plans to invest 10 billion yen to establish new production lines at its factory in Koka, Shiga Prefecture, western Japan, and a Chinese subsidiary, and start operations in October 2009.

Automotive interlayer films, when placed between two sheets of glass, can increase glass strength and prevent shattering.

Sekisui Chemical plans to use its Shiga factory to manufacture high-performance interlayer films that can shield sound and heat. It will also boost production of resin, a film raw material.

The company will make normal interlayer films at its Chinese factory.

Sales of automotive interlayer films are expected to grow in line with increased demand in China.

With the capacity increase, Sekisui Chemical intends to raise its share of interlayer films in the global market from the current 42 pct to 44 pct by fiscal 2010.END

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