JAPAN DISASTER: Sumitomo Chem shuts capro line at Ehime

29 March 2011 10:50  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical has shut its 80,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) line at Ehime on Shikoku amid a shortage of feedstock hydrogen peroxide, a company source said on Tuesday.

The unit was shut down over the weekend, with “no clear direction on how long” it would stay shut, the source said.

The line is one of two lines at the company’s 180,000 tonne/year unit in Ehime prefecture.

“Ideally, we expect to restart the line by end-April or early May, The line might run at 70-80% of its operating rates in May, and might only achieve full operating rates in June,” the source added.

“We hope to realise the above projected scenario, but everything is all dependent on availability of feedstock.

“As such, April contracts might be reduced by up to 50%, he added,” without adding further details.

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By: Junie Lin

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