01 March 2012 21:47 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--American Acryl has begun a turnaround for a catalyst exchange at its acrylic acid plant in Bayport near ?xml:namespace>
American Acryl is a 50/50 joint venture between Arkema and Nippon Shokubai subsidiary NA industries.
The acrylic acid plant, which has a capacity of 140,000 tonnes/year, is scheduled to come on stream in early April, the source said.
Arkema also makes acrylic acid at its
Also planned at
February acrylic acid contract prices as assessed by ICIS are $1.12-1.17/lb ($2,469-2579/tonne, €1,852-1,935/tonne). March prices are poised to increase on pressure from feedstock chemical-grade propylene (CGP), which increased by more than 30% in February.
US acrylates producers include Dow Chemical, BASF and Arkema.
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