World diaper supply takes a hit after plant explosion

Babies wearing diapers 
By: Sarah Weiss 

A shortage in the world diaper supply is right around the corner after a major plant explosion, according to reports.

World production of diapers is likely to take a huge hit after a sharp increase in the price of acrylic acid after an explosion of a chemical tank at Nippon Shokubai Co Himeji plant in Japan, a major base for production of the ingredients used in diapers.

Nippon Shokubai is one of the leading manufacturers of acrylic acid, the main ingredient of a resin called SAP, which is used in diapers.

The plant produces about 20 percent of SAP in the world and 10 percent of world production of acrylic acid.

Operations at the plant are likely to be shut for a long time and other SAP resin manufacturers are operating at a full production level, leaving little room for back-up production.

The blast occurred on Saturday afternoon, in a waste tank of acrylic acid, and the fire spread to another tank of acrylic acid and a toluene tank.

Two explosions occurred, killing a 28-year-old firefighter and injuring 33 people. The fire was put out on Saturday night.