Thailand’s Ube Chemicals eyes capro debottlenecking on 1 November

27 July 2011 05:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand-based Ube Chemicals Asia (UCHA) is planning to shut its 110,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) plant at Rayong on 1 November for debottlenecking, a company source said on Wednesday.

The company will shut the plant for approximately 45 days and will restart it around the middle of December, the source added.

UCHA will raise the plant’s capacity by 20,000 tonnes/year to 130,000 tonnes/year after the debottlenecking.

The producer will not be exporting the additional volumes as spot cargoes after the debottlenecking as the material will be reserved for captive use and domestic sale, the source said.

UCHA was formed through a merger of Thai Caprolactam and Ube Nylon (Thailand), which are subsidiaries of Japan’s Ube Industries.

UCHA is the sole capro producer in Thailand.

Capro is the main feedstock for nylon production.

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By: Junie Lin

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