01 March 2012 22:42 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical will decide by the end of March the fate of a Brazilian toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant that has been shut down since late last year, a company source said on Thursday.
The Camacari TDI facility has been closed for maintenance since October 2011, the company said. The plant has a capacity of 60,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.
Dow did not elaborate on what options it was considering, and whether they include restarting the plant or closing it permanently.
Sources in Brazil and neighbouring countries said that even if the Dow TDI plant in Camacari closed permanently, the impact on product availability in the region would not be great.
Dow’s Camacari unit has been supplying about 40-45% of Brazil’s TDI requirements, with the balance coming from imports.
Dow has been importing TDI from several regions to cover its commitments in Brazil, the company said.
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