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Nippon Paper Industries constructs carboxymethyl cellulose facility at its Gotsu mill in Japan

JAPAN (News release) -- Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. announced the construction of a new facility for the functional cellulose product carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) at the Gotsu Mill in Japan. Nippon Paper Industries will invest approximately 4.7 billion yen into this facility, which is planned to be completed in November 2020.

Upon this construction, Nippon Paper Industries will re-establish a CMC production system and work toward a shift to high-value-added and high-quality fields such as special brands for food and lithium ion batteries developed with its unique technologies.

CMC is an anionic, water-soluble polymer that is derived from wood cellulose. Because it is derived from wood, it offers slow biodegradability and is also known as an eco-friendly material. Since it features outstanding adherence, water absorption and water retention, it is widely used for food, hygiene and industrial applications. Recently, applications for lithium ion batteries are increasing and future growth is expected.

Nippon Paper Industries has experience with manufacturing products derived from wood such as dissolving pulp and functional chemicals at Gotsu Mill, which is its main factory in its chemical business.

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