Japan’s MRC on track to restart Otake MMA unit on 28 October

23 September 2010 09:11  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Rayon Co (MRC) is on track to restart its 107,000 tonne/year methyl methacrylate (MMA) line at Otake in Hiroshima prefecture on 28 October following a 46-day turnaround, a company source said on Thursday.

The acetone cyanohydrin-based line was taken off line on 13 September as scheduled, the source added.

The company also operates two crude C4-based MMA lines with a combined capacity of 110,000 tonnes/year at the same location.

MRC plans to begin a nine-day maintenance shutdown at the first 55,000 tonne/year line on 27 October, said the source adding that it would be restarted on 5 November.

Meanwhile, the second 55,000 tonne/year line would also be taken off line for a nine-day turnaround on 1 December and was expected to restart on 10 December, according to the source.

"Supply is even tighter now, especially since these are some of the largest lines in Asia," said the company source.

Other MMA producers in Asia include Asahi Kasei Corp, Sumitomo Chemical Co and Formosa Plastics Corp.

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By: Junie Lin

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