Ube Industries’ Sakai capro plant shuts for scheduled turnaround

15 March 2011 10:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Ube Industries has shut its 95,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) line at Sakai in Osaka for a five-week annual turnaround, sources close to the company said on Tuesday.

The scheduled turnaround, which started on Tuesday, came at a time when Japan was reeling from devastation caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami.

Its requirements for feedstock cyclohexane (CX) were not expected to be affected as a result, although the situation was unclear at the moment.

The company has another two lines at Ube in Yamaguchi prefecture, each with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year.

The source added that it was unlikely that the two other lines would be shut down, as it might have enough CX feedstock to feed these two plants, but uncertainty remained.

All three lines were located far from the epicentre and were not affected by the quake.

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By: Junie Lin

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