Global Processing

Firefighter killed in Nippon Shokubai chemical plant fire

October 1, 2012

TOKYO — A firefighter was killed and more than 30 people were injured in a fire Saturday at Nippon Shokubai Co''s Himeji chemical plant in western Japan, Reuters reported.

An acrylic acid storage tank exploded around 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, causing a fire that spread to another acrylic acid tank and a toluene tank.

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According to the company’s website, Nippon Shokubai boasts the world''s top-class production capacity for acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers, which are used in baby diapers.

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