Thailand’s TPI Polene delays EVA plant turnaround to early June

09 May 2012 03:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s TPI Polene is postponing a planned turnaround for its 158,000 tonne/year ethylene vinyl acetate/low density polyethylene (LDPE) swing plant at Map Ta Phut to early June, citing delays in equipment delivery, a company official said on Wednesday.

The turnaround, which is expected to last up to three weeks, was originally scheduled early this month.

“The delivery of the reactor has been delayed to late May from late April so we will shut the plant in early June instead,” the official said.

The plant is currently producing more than 170 tonnes/day of EVA, mainly of lower vinyl acetate (VA) content, for foaming applications, the official said.

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

By: Helen Lee
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