After Explosion, Will There Be A Diaper Shortage?

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An explosion at a Japanese chemical plant could lead to a global diaper shortage.  


The plant, operated by  Nippon Shokubai Co., is one of the world's leading producers of acrylic acid, which is a primary component of superabsobent polymers or SAP,  which are used to absorb large amounts of liquid.  


Reuters reports that this plant produces about 20 percent of the world's SAP.


Spokesman, Akira Kurusu said that the compnay has reached out to other producres to make sure their client's needs are met, but he didn't eleaborate on the efefct the plant's closure would affect diaper cost or supply in the future.


Proctor and Gamble, the makers of Pampers, is one of the plant's largest customers.  The company released a statement saying, "P&G has strong contingency plans and a robust global supply network to help us mitigate against supply challenges.  While we are still accessing the situation, we do not expect a significant impact on most of our global business."


Will rising diaper prices or shortages cause you to look into other aletranatives, such as cloth diapering.  Will you start stockpiling disposable diapers?




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