S Korea's Hanwha to shut Yeosu EVA/LDPE plant from 15 March

13 March 2012 10:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Hanwha Chemical plans to shut its ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA)/low density polyethylene (LDPE) swing plant in Yeosu on 15 March for a month of turnaround, a company official said on Tuesday.

The EVA/LDPE swing plant has a total production capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year.

Depending on market demand, the swing plant can produce up to 40,000 tonnes/year of EVA with VA (vinyl acetate) content of up to 15%, according to the official.

The Yeosu plant is currently operating at full capacity, he added.

The company also operates two EVA/LDPE swing plants with total annual production capacity of 80,000 tonnes in Ulsan.

A new EVA/LDPE swing plant with 40,000 tonnes/year capacity is on schedule to start up in September at the same site.

Depending on the VA content, EVA resins can be used to produce injection products, agricultural films, foam products, hot-melt adhesives, electric wires and cables. It is also used in the manufacture of solar panels, chemical construction materials, inks and coatings.

Major EVA producers in Asia include Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp (FPC) and USI Far East; South Korea’s Honam Petrochemical and Samsung Total; Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical, DuPont-Mitsui Polychemicals and Tosoh Corp; China’s YPC-BASF (BYC), Beijing Organic and DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers; Singapore’s The Polyolefin Co (TPC), and; Thailand’s TPI Polene.

By: Helen Lee
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