Japan’s Asahi Kasei restarts Mizushima styrene unit after outage

24 November 2010 09:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Asahi Kasei Chemical restarted its 390,000 tonne/year styrene monomer (SM) unit early this week after completing repairs, a company source said on Wednesday.

The unit, located in Mizushima, was shut in late October after it encountered some mechanical issues.

The plant problems were more extensive than previously thought, delaying the restart of the unit from the original schedule of early November, the source said.

The unit is currently operating normally and would reach full production capacity soon, the source added.

Asahi Kasei's other SM unit with a 320,000 tonne/year capacity at the site continued to operate normally.

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

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By: Clive Ong
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