Japan's Asahi Kasei attempts restart at No 3 SM plant next week

16 November 2010 07:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japan’s Asahi Kasei Chemicals plans to restart its 390,000 tonne/year styrene monomer (SM) unit in Mizushima next week after mechanical problems shut the plant in late October, a company source said on Tuesday.

The unit was supposed to come back on stream early this month but repairs took longer than expected, the source said.

The prolonged shutdown prompted the company to cancel delivery of some term SM November cargoes, market sources said.

Meanwhile, Asahi Kasei's other SM unit with a 320,000 tonne/year capacity at the same site was operating normally, the company source said.

SM is a liquid chemical used to manufacture a range of plastic resins and synthetic rubbers.

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Keny Jin contributed to this story

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