Dow shutting down Texas epoxy unit in April-May for maintenance

20 March 2012 21:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical confirmed on Tuesday it will shut down its epoxy resins unit in Freeport, Texas, in April or May for routine maintenance.

The unit has a capacity of 85,000 tonnes/year unit.

“We are doing this to ensure long-term supply availability for our customers,” a spokesperson said. “We have enough inventory built up to handle contract requirements for the duration of the turnaround.”

The spokesperson added that the turnaround will coincide with a government-mandated inspection of its 190,000 tonne/year bisphenol A (BPA) unit.

Currently, domestic prices for epoxy resins are assessed by ICIS at $1.55–1.65/lb ($3,417–3,638/tonne, €2,597–2,765/tonne) DEL (delivered) bulk.

($1 = €0.76)

By: John Dietrich

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