18 May 2007 14:27 [Source: ICIS news]
TAIPEI (ICIS news)--Mitsubishi Rayon’s methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant at Daya Bay, Huizhou, Guangdong province is operating at full rates after successfully resolving mechanical issues this week, company officials said on Friday.The facility, owned by ?xml:namespace>
Company officials at the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference were reluctant to disclose the exact nature of the problem.
At around the same time, Mitsubishi’s older 107,000 tonne/year ACH-based MMA facility in Ohtake,
Total production loss at the two facilities could range from 3,000 to 5,000 tonnes, sources close to the company said.
The company’s determination to retain confidentiality about its situation has left many market participants uncertain about the market outlook in
Several MMA producers anticipated regional supply to tighten due to the unexpected output loss. This would drive up spot prices in June, they said.
Market talk also emerged that Mitsubishi Rayon might announce price hikes to its customers in June.
Other buyers and sellers highlighted concerns about persistent weak demand conditions in
They added that it was still too early to make forecasts about price trends until most market participants enter concrete negotiations for June shipments next week.
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