Japan’s Taiyo Vinyl to shut Chiba PVC plant on 18 August

07 August 2012 10:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Taiyo Vinyl is scheduled to shut its 100,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant at Chiba on 18 August for a turnaround, a company source said on Tuesday.

The maintenance period for the unit, which is operating at 100% at the moment, will last until 11 September, the source said.

The producer also operates a 310,000 tonne/year PVC facility at Yokkaichi and a 150,000 tonne/year PVC plant at Osaka that are currently running at 50-60% and 30-40% of capacity, respectively, the source said.

Taiyo Vinyl is operating its Yokkaichi and Osaka units at reduced rates because of a shortage of feedstock vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) from its parent company, Tosoh Corp, according to the source. 

Tosoh’s 550,000 tonne/year No 2 VCM plant at Nanyo, the largest of its three VCM plants with a combined capacity of 1.2m tonne/year, has remained shut after it was severely damaged in an explosion at the site on 13 November 2011.

By: Feliana Widjaja

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