30 April 2009 19:49 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US producer Invista has restarted adiponitrile (ADN) production at its Victoria plant in Texas, but the force majeure declared by the company on its North American supply of ADN, hexamethylene diamine (HMD), nylon 6,6 and nylon salt was still in place, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.
HMD and ADN are used as feedstock to make nylon 6,6.
Despite the force majeure (FM), the company is meeting customers’ orders as placed, the spokesperson said.
The Victoria plant was shut down on 11 March due to a fire in an electrical breaker cabinet. Repairs at the 375,000 tonne/year unit had progressed better than initially expected and the restart date was therefore brought forward.
It was not yet clear when the force majeure would be lifted.
Invista also operates a 240,000 tonnes/year ADN plant in Orange, Texas. That unit has been off line since Hurricane Ike hit Texas in September 2008. However, the hexamenthylene diamine (HMD) unit at the site was restarted in recent weeks.
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