Japan’s MRC may run Otake MMA units at reduced rates through Sept

03 August 2012 10:35  [Source: ICIS news]

BRISBANE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Rayon Co (MRC) is expected to run its methyl methacrylate (MMA) facilities at Otake at reduced capacity through to September, a company source said on Friday.

MRC has been running its 107,000 tonne/year acetone cyanohydrin-based line at the site at 70% of capacity since mid-June on shortage of feedstock hydrogen cyanide, and is likely to maintain this operating rate for the next two months, the source said.

Operating rates at its two 55,000 tonne/year butane-based MMA lines in Otake, meanwhile, were reduced to around 80% this month from 100%, the source said.

“The situation (reduced rates) is likely to remain until September, but we are still deciding,” the source said.

MRC, which is Asia's largest MMA maker, may be saddled with high inventory that it needed to cut production, market players said.

By: Junie Lin

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