Japan’s MRC to shut acetone cyanohydrin-based MMA unit in Sept

10 August 2012 10:33  [Source: ICIS news]

BRISBANE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Rayon Co (MRC) is expected to shut its acetone cyanohydrin-based methyl methacrylate (MMA) line at Otake in mid-September for maintenance, a company source said on Friday.

The 107,000 tonne/year MMA line will be down for 45 days, the source said.

MRC, which is Asia's largest MMA maker, has been running the line at the site at a reduced rate of 70% since mid-June on shortage of feedstock hydrogen cyanide, the source said. The company is likely to maintain the low operating rate until the scheduled shutdown of the unit, the source said.

The company also runs two 55,000 tonne/year butane-based MMA lines in Otake that have been running at around 80% of capacity since early August. The butane-based units are expected to run at this rate until September, the source said.

By: Junie Lin

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