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Blast at the Nippon Shokubai Plant may Trigger Global Nappy Shortage

by Savitha C Muppala on  October 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
There may be a huge shortage of nappies following an explosion at a factory in Japan.

The blast at the Nippon Shokubai plant in the city of Himeji near Osaka killed one firefighter and injured another 35 emergency workers.
 Blast at the Nippon Shokubai Plant may Trigger Global Nappy Shortage
Blast at the Nippon Shokubai Plant may Trigger Global Nappy Shortage
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According to firefighters' reports, a tank at the factory exploded on Saturday, which was caused by a chemical reaction, News.com.au reported.

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Television footage showed a continuing blaze gutting a portion of the factory, filled with dozens of smoke stacks and a layered web of industrial piping.

It is a worrying situation as Nippon Shokubai controls about one fifth of the world's production of super-absorbent polymers - used in the production of nappies.

The polymers soak up a baby's wee through hydrogen bonding with water molecules. It's what "pulls the wetness away".

A nappy that uses the polymers can absorb 50 times their weight of liquid.

Source: ANI
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