03 December 2010 16:52 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Styron has shut down a train at its 200,000 tonne/year acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plant in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, because of technical issues, a company source said on Friday.
Styron took the train off line on 2 December and plans to have it shut down for 18 days, although it will be 22-23 days before it is fully up and running, which will take 4,500 tonnes out of production, the source said.
“The issue needed to be fixed and we thought this would be a good time to do it, although it may leave us a little tight on inventories as we end the year,” said the source.
December is usually a quiet month in terms of ABS activity, as the downstream construction season slows down in the winter, sources said.
Some players have said that buying interest has remained relatively healthy towards the end of the year, and few expected major supply problems as a result of Styron's shutdown.
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