Honeywell US capro plant may restart by 22 December - buyers

13 December 2010 17:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Honeywell’s caprolactam plant in Hopewell, Virginia, could restart as soon as 22 December, buyers said on Monday.

The 375,000 tonne/year plant was unexpectedly shut down more than a week ago for undisclosed reasons, prompting Honeywell to declare force majeure (FM) on caprolactam produced at the site.

Honeywell said it would not comment on a possible restart date for competitive reasons, but did confirm on Monday that the plant was still down.

Honeywell supplies caprolactam, the main feedstock for nylon 6, to customers in the US and other markets, including Asia.

Caprolactam has been tight and price-pressured for several months amid strong export demand.

($1 = €0.76)

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By: Larry Terry
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