Japan’s Asahi Kasei loses more than 5,000 tonnes MMA on plant issues

14 October 2011 10:15  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japanese producer Asahi Kasei has incurred an estimated production loss of more than 5,000 tonnes of methyl methacrylate (MMA) because of mechanical issues at its 100,000 tonne/year plant in Kawasaki, a company source said on Friday.

The company was successful in resuming the operating rates at the plant to 100% capacity at the end of the last week, the source added.

Asahi Kasei shut the unit on 14 September because of mechanical problems, according to the source.

The producer was running the plant at a reduced rate of 70% capacity before the shutdown as it continued facing mechanical issues while restarting it on 22 September, the source said.

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By: Junie Lin

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