Japan’s Tosoh to shut 550,000 tonne/year Nanyo VCM line in May

22 April 2010 08:42  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japan’s Tosoh Corp plans to shut its 550,000 tonne/year vinyl chloride monomer (VCM)  line at Nanyo, in Yamaguchi prefecture, for one month of scheduled maintenance work in May, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

Tosoh’s two other VCM lines at the same site, which have a combined capacity of 650,000 tonnes/year, will operate normally during the turnaround, the source said.

VCM exports from the company would likely be slashed as a result of the shutdown, market players said.

The company halved its VCM exports during last year’s turnaround in May, they noted.

Tosoh, which exports on average 40,000-50,000 tonnes of VCM each month, is one of Asia’s largest VCM producers.

VCM is polymerised to producer polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

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