Noltex L.L.C., a joint venture of Nippon Gohsei (USA) and Mitsubishi Chemical America Inc., has begun production of ethylene vinyl alcohol resin in La Porte, Texas. Noltex was organized in June 1994, and soon afterward purchased an uncompleted EVOH plant from DuPont Co.
When Noltex acquired the plant, technological changes needed to be made. Spokeman Bob Rose said Nippon has produced EVOH since 1971 at its facility in Mitzushima, Japan. Nippon updated the polymerizing and isolation technology at the La Porte plant to copy the production standards set at the Mit-zushima plant.
Rose declined to reveal how much was invested in the La Porte plant. Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. of Japan, the firm that operates the Mitzushima facility, provided the technology to convert the plant. Construction changes were completed by the end of 1995.
Noltex began trial runs in January and is now at full production. The firm serves the plastic food container industry. EVOH is used as an oxygen barrier resin to preserve food freshness.
Nippon Gohsei and Mitsubishi Chemical America are U.S. subsidiaries of Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry and Mitsu-bishi Kasei Corp. of Tokyo.