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In a bid to respond to the rapidly growing demand for its products, MITSUI ELASTOMERS SINGAPORE PTE LTD decided to build a new plant with the aim of doubling its production capacity. For construction of the control system for bolstering production, the Company actively addressed process improvements by drawing on the experiences accumulated through the operation of the existing plant, thus achieving further improvement of efficiency of production processes.

Decision to construct a new plant in order to double the production capacity

Jurong Island in Singapore is one of the world’s leading petroleum refining clusters. On this island, which measures approximately 32 km² in area, huge petrochemical complexes have been established, where the plants of global players in related fields are processing petroleum and producing industrial petrochemical products. Since April 2003 MITSUI ELASTOMERS SINGAPORE PTE LTD (MELS) has been operating a plant on Jurong Island for the production of Tafmer* (alpha-olefin copolymer) and other elastomer products. Tafmer is a resin characterized by its flexibility. By blending with other resins such as polyethylene and polypropylene, impact resistance is improved and it is used in various applications, including automobile bumpers as well as packaging materials, cable sheaths, and mid-soles for sports shoes.

In response to the rapidly growing demand for its products in recent years, particularly in the Asian region, MELS decided in July 2007 to revamp its production facilities with the aim of doubling its production capacity. The Company initiated a project to construct a new second plant to augment the existing Plant No. 1. For construction of Plant No. 2, MELS invited Azbil Singapore (ASG), an overseas affiliate of Yamatake, as a partner and selected Yamatake’s Harmonas-DEO™ “Harmonized Automation System-Dependable Open” and related control instruments for the distributed control system (DCS) that supports the plant’s production processes.

“Since we use Yamatake’s DCS products in Plant No. 1, we know from our own experiences that Yamatake’s products are highly reliable. I think it is only natural to select products of ASG and Yamatake because they allow us to continue utilizing our operators’ skills,” said Mr. Ohori.

*Tafmer is a registered trademark of Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

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This case study was published in the October 2011 issue of the azbil Group's corporate magazine, azbil.