S Korea’s DMMA to shut PMMA plant in mid-August for turnaround

28 July 2011 09:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Daesan MMA (DMMA) plans to shut its 50,000 tonne/year polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) plant at Yeosu in the middle of August, a company source said on Thursday.

The plant will be taken off line for around two weeks, he added.

The capacity of the PMMA plant was raised from 40,000 tonnes/year to 50,000 tonnes/year in January after a debottlenecking exercise.

The impact of the upcoming shutdown on the PMMA market is expected to be limited, as demand from the downstream PMMA end-user industries is weak during the current off-peak production season, market players said.

Meanwhile, DMMA's upstream 90,000 tonne/year methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant at the same site is being run at 100% capacity after it was restarted one week earlier than expected on 12 July, the source said

The MMA plant, which was shut down on 8 June for a 40-day turnaround, was originally expected to be restarted around 19 July, the source added.

DMMA is a joint venture between Japan’s Mitsubishi Rayon and South Korea’s Honam Petrochemical.

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By: Junie Lin

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