Japan's NPU completes debottlenecking of China MDI splitter

29 August 2012 12:24  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Nippon Polyurethane's (NPU's) methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) splitter (separation and purification) in China has completed debottlenecking, sources close to the Japanese company said on Wednesday.

The facility, at the Rui’an Economic Development Zone in Zhejiang Province, has increased nameplate capacity to 70,000 tonnes/year from its previous 50,000 tonnes/year.

It will gradually be producing commercially viable product in the coming days, the sources added.

At the same time, the company’s 200,000 tonne/year MDI facility at Nanyo in Yamagata prefecture, Japan, was taken off line early this week for a scheduled maintenance.

The unit will be down for 40-45 days until early October, sources said.

Meanwhile, the company’s two other MDI plants at the site – a 70,000 tonne/year unit and a 130,000 tonne/year unit – will be operating normally during this period.

Additional reporting by Vikki Shen in Shanghai

By: Jingyi Chan
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