17 November 2011 22:13 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US Dow Chemical's crude acrylic acid (AA) capacity at ?xml:namespace>
The company would not be more specific about the duration of the expansion period, but a spokesperson said the company’s improvement projects and technological advances at its AA oxidation unit had been “an ongoing thing … for some time.”
“Basically, we wanted to show our customers that we are using everything we have to improve reliability and performance” at the site, the spokesperson said.
The company did not confirm current capacity levels, but according to ICIS, crude AA capacity at
Crude AA is used in the production of acrylate esters and glacial acrylic acid (GAA).
The company would not say how much of the new capacity would be available to the merchant market. The company also has significant internal demand for crude AA.
Coatings and adhesives customers said the acrylates market is in the midst of a seasonal slowdown and that supply is more than ample through the end of the year.
Producers are pinning hopes of demand resurgence on the
($1 = €0.74)
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