Colombian PET producer faced feedstock issues in August

01 September 2010 02:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer Enka de Colombia had problems obtaining sufficient feedstock dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) to meet customers’ PET demand in August, sources said on Tuesday.

The Colombian resin manufacturer imported PET resin, and in August served the country from both imported and locally produced material, sources added.

Participants in Colombia said Enka would be operating normally by end-September, and could be importing DMT from sources around the world, including Europe and Asia.

Enka de Colombia was studying production alternatives, including changing to a technology using feedstock purified terephthalic acid (PTA) instead of DMT, according to market players.

Sources indicated a timetable was not available for the plans under consideration, which could be long-term.

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By: Ron Coifman
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