12 November 2010 06:47 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese producer Sumitomo Chemical Co plans to shutdown its 90,000 tonne/year No. 3 methyl methacrylate (MMA) line on ?xml:namespace>
The turnaround would take six to seven weeks and the line would be restarted in the middle of April 2011, he added.
Meanwhile, the 53,000 tonne/year No. 1 and the 80,000 tonne/year No. 2 MMA lines at the same site would also be shut for a month-long maintenance in the second half of 2011, although not at the same time, the source said.
Sky-high MTBE prices were the cause, the source added.
Sumitomo Chemical is a major MMA producer in
MMA is used to produce polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) polymer, cast sheets and acrylic resins for coatings and emulsions.
Additional reporting by Junie Lin
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