MMA Monomer and PMMA Plants Start Commercial Operations in Saudi Arabia

6 April 2018

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation is pleased to announce that The Saudi Methacrylates Company, a joint venture between MCC and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, has successfully completed performance test of its plants for production of methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) in Saudi Arabia and commenced commercial operation of both plants on April 2nd, 2018.

SAMAC commenced test production and achieved in-specification production of both MMA monomer and PMMA last November, after which first shipment of MMA to customers was made. It has been in the process of optimizing operations since then.

SAMAC’s manufacturing facilities in Jubail, Saudi Arabia include the world's largest MMA monomer plant which uses MCC Group's proprietary New Ethylene Method ("Alpha Technology") for producing MMA monomer. The PMMA plant uses MCC Group’s proprietary PMMA technology and MMA monomer as the key raw material.

Global demand for MMA monomer is expected to keep growing steadily with the growth of the world economy. MCC will utilize SAMAC as a strategic supply base for markets in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. This new plant will strengthen and optimize MCC’s global network of MMA production plants and ensure MCC’s continued ability to reliably and efficiently serve and support its present and future customers’ needs.