12 March 2012 04:30 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Dairen Chemical Corp (DCC) is planning to restart its 300,000 tonne/year No 2 vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant in Mailiao next week following a shutdown for safety inspections, a company official said on Monday.
The No 2 VAM plant was shut on 10 March, as scheduled.
“The shutdown may be shortened or lengthened depending on the safety inspection schedule,” he said.
“But we are hoping that the shutdown will be as short as possible,” he added.
The company has been operating its No 2 plant and its 350,000 tonne/year No 3 VAM plant at the same site at 70-80% capacity since the fourth quarter of 2011.
The No 3 plant is scheduled for a 30-day maintenance shutdown in September this year and it is operating at around 80% capacity.
Other major VAM producers in the Asian market include US-based Celanese, China’s Sinopec Sichuan Vinylon Works, Japan’s Showa Denko and Japan VAM & Poval, South Korea’s Asia Acetyls Co (Asacco) and Saudi Arabia’s International Vinyl Acetate Co (IVC).
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