US Arkema acrylic acid deliveries slowed by US winter storms

18 February 2011 00:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Widespread US winter storms created recent transportation delays for Arkema acrylates, sources said on Thursday, but the supply wrinkles were expected to smooth out within a week or so.

“We have experienced logistics delays, primarily related to weather and shipping throughout the United States,” a company source said. “We expect it to resolve itself over the next five to seven days.”

The company said it has been working with its customers to arrange deliveries with minimal delays.

The supply delays were primarily in acrylic acid. Some sources reported delays of one or two days, while other customers reported no delays at all.

Arkema produces acrylic acid from its Texas plants in Clear Lake and Bayport - the latter at American Acryl, which is operated as a 50/50 joint venture between Arkema and NA Industries, a subsidiary of Nippon Shokubai.

After improvements at the Clear Lake plant are completed in early 2013, it will have an acrylic acid nameplate capacity of 270,000 tonnes/year.

US acrylates producers include Dow Chemical, BASF and Arkema.

($1 = €0.74)

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