Hurricane Ike shuts down Texas MMA production

18 September 2008 16:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)-- The US methyl methacrylate (MMA) market continues to face a supply shortage - with nearly 60% of total North American capacity shutdown as a result of Hurricane Ike, industry participants said on Thursday.

Lucite’s 154,000 tonne/year MMA plant in Beaumont, Texas, which is around 15% of total North American capacity, remains shutdown, according to sources close to the company.

Its 165,000 tonne/year in Memphis, Tennessee, is operational, the source said.

The Rohm and Haas 362,000 tonne/year Deer Park unit in Texas, as well as the 115,000 tonne/year operated by Arkema on the same grounds, remains shutdown, buyers said. The Deer Park MMA units represent around 44% of total North American capacity.

Rohm and Haas has declared force majeure (FM) on its methacrylate and specialty monomer products made at the Deer Park unit, the company said.

Evonik had stopped production of MMA in Fortier, Louisiana, ahead of Hurricane Gustav.

The 290m lb/year (132,000 tonnes/year) MMA plant has restarted and returned to normal operations, a source close to the company said.

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