Chimei-Asahi Chem prolongs Taiwan PC unit turnaround

24 May 2012 12:08  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan-based Chimei-Asahi Chemical Co has prolonged the shutdown of its 75,000 tonne/year No 2 polycarbonate (PC) plant in Jente, Tainan County, because of prevailing weak market conditions, market sources said on Thursday.

The unit was taken off line on 7 May and was originally slated to restart on 20 June, a source said. However, the shutdown has been prolonged to 1 August in the wake of weak demand and ample supply, the source added.

The company also has a 65,000 tonne/year No 1 unit at the same site that is currently running at full capacity, the source said.

Chimei-Asahi Chemical is a 90:10 joint venture between Taiwan’s Chi Mei Corp and Japan’s Asahi Kasei Corp.

Polycarbonate resins are tough thermoplastics with major markets in the electrical, electronic and automotive sectors.

By: Liu Xin
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