Thai MMA likely to run No 1 MMA line at 70% in June

07 June 2012 10:25  [Source: ICIS news]

BRISBANE (ICIS)--Thai MMA is likely to run its 90,000 tonne/year No 1 methyl methacrylate (MMA) line at 70% after restarting it on 5 June as scheduled, a company source said on Thursday.

Thai MMA has two MMA lines, each with 90,000 tonne/year of capacity, at Map Ta Phut.

The No 2 line is currently operating at full rates, the source added.

Operations in July remained uncertain, as the company is facing challenges in securing raw material isobutylene, he added.

Thai MMA’s raw material supply was disrupted when its supplier, Bangkok Synthetics (BST)’s 40,000 tonne/year C4 raffinate (isobutylene) unit in Map Ta Phut, was shut along with all the other plants of BST and its affiliate BST Elastomers following a blast at the site on 5 May, prompting a force majeure declaration.

Thai MMA is a joint venture between Japan’s Mitsubishi Rayon Corp (MRC) and Thailand’s Siam Cement Group.

MMA is produced using a two-stage gas-phase oxidation of isobutylene to methacrylic acid, followed by esterification.
By: Junie Lin



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