Thai MMA to shut No 1 MMA line on 17 November on poor demand

11 November 2011 08:15  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thai MMA is expected to shut down its 90,000 tonne/year No 1 methyl methacrylate (MMA) line at Map Ta Phut on 17 November because of weakened domestic demand in flood-stricken Thailand, a company source said on Friday.

The line is expected to remain off line up to 30 November, the source said.

“Our customers are severely affected by the floods, and hence, the decision to shut down the No 1 line,” the source said.

Thai MMA is trying to export surplus MMA, but demand in southeast Asian is weak as well, he said.

The No 1 MMA line had an outage on 17 October to 3 November because of mechanical problems, said the source.

Meanwhile, the company’s 90,000 tonne/year No 2 MMA line at the site will not be shut. This line is currently running at 100%, the source said.

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By: Junie Lin



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