France’s Arkema restarts newly expanded S Korea PMMA plant

26 May 2011 08:04  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--France’s major chemicals producer Arkema restarted its recently debottlenecked 50,000/tonne year polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) plant at Jinhae in South Korea on 25 May, a company source said on Thursday.

The plant’s capacity was expanded by 10,000 tonnes/year after a debottlenecking exercise conducted during the turnaround, he said.

Arkema shut the plant on 7-8 May and is gradually ramping up the operating rate, which is 80-85% now, the source said.

The plant's shutdown had a minimal effect on the Asian market, as PMMA demand is soft to stable, market players said.

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By: Junie Lin

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