14 March 2011 04:19 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Asia’s largest adipic acid (ADA) producer, Asahi Kasei, is still running its 120,000 tonne/year plant at Nobeoka in Japan’s Miyazaki prefecture following a major earthquake, a company source said on Monday.
The plant was not damaged as it is located in the south, far from the location of the earthquake, the source said.
The source said that current demand for ADA is strong, but Asahi Kasei will have little spot material to offer after fulfilling its contract commitments.
"The situation is not clear at the moment," he said.
ADA is used in the manufacture of nylon 6,6 and polyurethane (PU) as well as plasticisers, hexamethylene adipate and resins for shoe soles.
Other major producers of ADA in Asia include PetroChina Liaoyang Petrochemical and Rhodia.
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