ICA Starts Operations at Alumina Plant, Indonesia

Published By : 10 Feb 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

PT Indonesia Chemical Alumina has initiated its commercial operations at the newly opened chemical alumina plant in the Tayan District in West Kalimantan.

PT ICA is a joint venture that is currently owned by PT ANTAM and Showa Denko KK, both Indonesian companies.

The plant is set to produce alumina, which it does so with the commonly used Bayer Process. In the Bayer process, aluminum hydroxide, or alumina, is extracted from its raw material, bauxite, by using caustic soda, or sodium hydroxide.

One of the many industrial applications of chemical alumina is in water treatment. Other functions include uses in electronic materials and functional materials.

The list of functional materials that use alumina includes ceramic refractories, radiators, and abrasives. The list of electronic materials comprises LCD glass and IC packaging.

The new alumina plant is currently owned by Antam, which holds 80 per cent, and SDK, which holds 20 per cent of the plant. Antam will supply the bauxite and SDK will handle the provisions of chemical alumina manufacturing technology.

The plant will function at an annual capacity of 300.000 tons. The capacity will be split between Antam and SDK as 100,000 tons and 200,000 tons respectively.

Most of the industrial technology with SDK has been transferred to produce chemical alumina to the new ICA plant, from its older Yokohama plant. The company’s spokesperson said that they will soon initiate sales of their chemical alumina products manufactured at the ICA plant to all of its buyers that are from outside of Japan.

One of the aims set by SDK also involves establishing a supply line that aims to establish a supply system that focuses on the growing market in Asia. They will do this in order to increase their sales of alumina that is meant for water treatment purposes and also in functional materials.
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