Japan’s Asahi Kasei to restart SBR, PBR plants in mid-April

14 March 2011 03:45  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Asahi Kasei will restart its synthetic rubber plants at Kawasaki as scheduled in mid-April, after shutting them down last week for scheduled maintenance, a company source said on Monday.

“We shut down both our styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and polybutadiene rubber (BR) plants last week, as scheduled, before the earthquake occurred,” said the source.

A massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit northeast Japan on 11 March.

“There is no damage to any of the facilities at our plants at Kawasaki and Oita, and both plants will restart as scheduled,” he added.

Asahi Kasei’s Kawasaki-based plant will be shut for 30 days until mid-April, while its Oita unit will remain off line for 40 days until late April, said the source.

Oita is located in Kyushu Island in south Japan, while Kawasaki is in Kanagawa prefecture, between Yokohama and Tokyo. The Japanese capital is about 373km (232 miles) from the epicentre of the earthquake in Miyagi prefecture.

However, as Asahi Kasei does not have a clear view yet on its manpower or power and feedstock supply, the company may have to assess the situation again in the next few days, the source said.

Asahi Kasei's Kawasaki facility has several solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) and low-cis BR lines, which have a combined capacity of 105,000 tonnes/year.

The company also operates a S-SBR/low-cis BR swing plant at Oita, with a combined capacity of 35,000 tonnes/year.

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By: Helen Yan
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