Evonik Degussa China to shut MMA plant, expand PMMA unit

04 March 2011 06:52  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Evonik Degussa (China) Co plans to shut its 100,000 tonne/year methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant in Shanghai in mid-April for a two-week turnaround, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The company would also shut the plant for a major turnaround at the end of the year, the source added, without adding further details.

Meanwhile, Evonik had completed the expansion of its downstream polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) unit at the Shanghai facility from 18,000-20,000 tonnes/year to 40,000 tonnes/year, the source said.

As such, Evonik would have to increase its captive usage of MMA after the PMMA plant expansion, the source added.

Other industry sources said that the company had started running the expanded PMMA plant since early February.

MMA is used to produce the PMMA polymer, cast sheets and acrylic resins for coatings and emulsions.

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By: Junie Lin

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