Kenya's Magadi Soda keeps low operating rates on poor demand

29 September 2009 04:50  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Kenyan soda ash maker Magadi Soda has kept low operating rates at its 350,000 tonne/year soda ash unit in southern Kenya on the back of weak demand, said a company source on Tuesday.

“The operating rate was maintained at 60-65% and we decided not to run [the plant] at full rates in the near future due to poor demand,” said the source.

Magadi's other 350,000 tonne/year facility at the same site was running at around 80% of capacity, said the source.

The company has been running its southern Kenya plants at low rates since March due to poor demand and high inventory levels.

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