29 June, 2018
Kumho Petrochemical reportedly started work on Jun 20 to enhance the production capacity of nitrile butadiene (NB) latex to 550,000 mt/year, up from 400,000 mt/year, probably to deal with an increase in demand for NB latex. Expansion works would be completed in the first quarter of 2019. Kumho Petrochemical had enhanced the production capacity from 200,000 mt/year to 400,000 mt/year in 2016. NB latex is mainly used as a material for medical gloves but is recently used for industry as well. Besides Kumho Petrochemical, Synthomer in Malaysia and Nantex in Taiwan are producing NB latex.