US Lion Copolymer shuts SBR plant, Pinnacle shuts PP plant

29 August 2012 19:38  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Lion Copolymer has shut down its styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, because of Hurricane Isaac, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

Lion also shut down its plant in Geismar, Louisiana, which makes Celogen and ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM), the company said.

Lion Copolymer's website said the sites will remain closed through Thursday.

Both sites have essential personnel to assure the safety of the facilities, Lion said.

The company has procedures in place to restart production and shipping as soon as safety permits, Lion said. Business could resume on Friday.

An SBR source said the market should withstand the closure for two days because it is soft, with ample supplies available.

Meanwhile, Pinnacle Polymers's 470,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant in Garyville, Louisiana, remained shut down because of the hurricane, a company official said.

The plant should be back up and running within 24-48 hours, the official said.

Additional reporting by Michelle Klump

By: Wesley Busch
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