04 April 2011 09:11 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese aromatics producer Maruzen will restart production at its Chiba-based 200,000 tonne/year benzene unit at the end of this week after shutting it down due to the 11 March earthquake, said a company source on Monday.
Maruzen’s hydro-dealkylation (HDA) facility produces 130,000 tonnes/year of benzene at Chiba and is still operating at 50% because of the lack of feedstock toluene and mixed xylenes, he said.
Some of the other key producers in Japan are JX Nippon Oil & Energy and Taiyo Oil.
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