24 March 2011 10:37 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Kashima Vinyl Chloride Monomer’s 600,000 tonne/year vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) facility at Kashima, Japan, remains shut following the earthquake on 11 March, a source close to the company said on Thursday.
“The plant is likely to remain shut for two to three months as it was quite badly damaged by the earthquake," the source added.
The company could not be reached for comment.
VCM supply in Asia is extremely tight due to a spate of ongoing and upcoming plant shutdowns in northeast and southeast Asia.
Kashima Vinyl Chloride Monomer is a subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical.
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