Total to double China PS plant capacity by end 2010

12 October 2010 07:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--Total Petrochemicals expects to complete the expansion of its polystyrene (PS) plant at Foshan in China’s southern Guangdong province by the end of 2010, the company said on Tuesday.

“The project is scheduled to be on-stream by the end of 2010 and will bring the capacity of the Foshan plant to over 200,000 tonnes/year,” it said in a statement.

ICIS had earlier reported that the expansion would be completed in the first quarter of 2011.

"The new capacity will almost double the plant’s turnover compared with 2008 while reinforcing Total Petrochemicals' commercial position within the fast growing Chinese markets, especially in the high end segments in south and central China,” the statement added.

The PS plant’s feedstock styrene monomer (SM) provider Samsung Total Petrochemicals would also increase its capacity to cope with the expansion, it said.

Samsung Total is a 50:50 joint venture between Total and Samsung Group.

Total Petrochemicals also operates a 95,000 tonne/year PS plant in Singapore.

PS resins are used in the packaging, utensils, toys and consumer electronics sectors.

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By: Judith Wang
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