Japan's NPU to shut 200,000 tonne/year MDI unit in mid-September

15 August 2012 13:00  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Nippon Polyurethane (NPU) plans to shut its 200,000 tonne/year methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) facility at Nanyo in Yamagata from mid-September for regular turnaround, a company source said on Wednesday.

"The maintenance will be completed in early October, but exact dates are not yet confirmed," the source added.

Details on the current operating rate of the plant were not immediately available.

At the same site, the company has two other 70,000 tonne/year and 130,000 tonne/year MDI plants, which are currently operating at their “normal” rates, the source said.

The company’s MDI splitter in Ruian, China, is currently shut for debottlenecking to increase the unit’s  annual capacity to 70,000 tonnes/year from 50,000 tonnes/year. The facility is expected to resume operations by end September, the source said.

By: Jingyi Chan
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