17 February 2006 01:13 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS News)--Chi Mei, the Taiwanese plastics producer, is expected to start commercial operations at its new polycarbonate (PC) line in August, a company official said on Friday.
The new 75,000 tonne/year line, which is based on Asahi Kasei’s non-phosgene technology, will bring the company’s total PC capacity at ?xml:namespace>
The additional capacity could exert some downward pressure on PC prices, particularly as BayerMaterialScience, part of German chemicals and healthcare group Bayer, is expected to start-up a new 100,000 tonne/year PC facility in
Chi Mei’s new line will produce mainly GP moulding and optical grade PC, which are used in end-products ranging from digital storage discs to printers and toys.
PC prices are at $3,100-3,150/tonne CIF Hong Kong for both grades, according to global pricing and market intelligence service ICIS-LOR, a sister company of ICIS News.
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