Mitsui Chemicals Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New TAFMER™ Plant in Singapore


Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo: 4183; President & CEO: HASHIMOTO Osamu) today announced that it has held the groundbreaking ceremony for a new plant to produce the high-performance elastomer TAFMER™ at its Singapore-based wholly owned subsidiary Mitsui Elastomers Singapore Pte Ltd (MELS; President; NITTA Toshio). The ceremony was held on 28 July 2023.

Mitsui Chemicals Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New TAFMER™ Plant in Singapore
The groundbreaking ceremony

From left

Mr. Toshio Nitta Managing Director, MELS
Mr. Hisashi Shibayama Managing Director, PCS
Ms. Cindy Koh Director Energy & Chemical Cluster, JTC Corporation (JTC)
Mr. Damian Chan Executive Vice President Planning and Policy, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)
Mr. Atsushi Komoriya Managing Executive Officer Business Sector President Mobility Solution Business Sector, MCI
Mr. Yasuto Ando Member of the Board Senior Managing Director Head of Energy Industries Engineering Sector, JFE Engineering Corporation
Mr. Yasuhiro Hosomi Managing Executive Officer Center Executive Production & Technology Center, MCI

Overview of new project

Product TAFMER™ high-performance elastomer
Plant site Jurong Island*, Singapore
Capacity 120,000 tons/year
(Capacity of existing facility: 225,000 tons/year)
Schedule Scheduled for completion sometime in fiscal 2024

As part of Mitsui Chemicals’ VISION 2030 Long-Term Business Plan, the Mobility Solutions business aims to help solve social challenges and achieve sustainable business growth by providing unique materials, features and services.

TAFMER™ is used both as a soft molding material and as a resin modifier that dramatically improves resin properties. Its flexibility and lightness have resulted in TAFMER™ being used across a wide range of fields, including solar cell components, packaging materials, engineering plastic modifiers, sports shoes and automotive parts.


Demand for TAFMER™ is set to remain strong as the global economy grows, and is expected to rise further on the back of efforts to achieve a circular economy by stepping up the introduction of clean energy. Via the supply of TAFMER™, which meets these needs, Mitsui Chemicals aims to become a global solutions company that leads change and contributes to the sustainable societies of the future.

Overview of MELS

Company name Mitsui Elastomers Singapore Pte Ltd
Head office 3 HarbourFront Place, #10-01, HarbourFront Tower 2
Singapore 099254, Singapore
Established February 7, 2001
Capital US$ 96.3 million (wholly owned by Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.)
Managing director NITTA Toshio
Business Manufacture and sale of elastomers, primarily TAFMER™

*Singapore’s energy and chemicals park developed by JTC (