Japan fire to spark global nappy alert
The world could face a shortage of nappies after an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Japan that supplies one-fifth of the global market.
The blast killed a fireman and injured 35 others.
Nippon Shokubai has the largest share of the world market for super-absorbent polymers used in nappy production.
According to the company, demand is so high that even before the fire its production facilities were required to operate at full capacity. (© Daily Telegraph, London)