India's ChemPlast ships out cargoes from new PVC plant

23 September 2009 08:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--India’s ChemPlast Sanmar Limited started dispatching cargoes from its new 200,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu on 22 September, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

"The plant came on stream on Monday after securing government approval," the source said, adding that the feedstock vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) for the plant was being imported from Asia and the Middle East.

The plant’s start-up had been postponed several times from its original schedule of July 2008, partly due to regulatory and procedural issues.

Following the start-up of the Cuddalore plant, India’s PVC capacity has increased to 1.2m tonnes/year. However, industry sources estimated PVC consumption for 2009 at 1.4m tonnes.

ChemPlast also operates a 64,000 tonne/year PVC plant at Mettur in Tamil Nadu.

Other major PVC producers in India include Reliance Industries, and Finolex Industries.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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