S Korea's KPX Chemical TDI unit shut on raw material shortage

12 September 2012 12:23  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--One of the three 50,000 tonne/year toluene di-isocyante (TDI) plants of KPX Chemical in Yeosu, South Korea, has been shut since last weekend and is expected to be restarted on 13 September, a source close to the company said on Wednesday. 

The unit was temporarily shut because of shortage of raw material carbon monoxide (CO) gas, the source added. The problem has since been rectified. 

The company’s two other 50,000 tonne/year TDI plants in Yeosu are currently shut and may remain so because of dull market conditions in Asia, the source said.

TDI is a raw material for making polyurethane (PU) foams used in various applications, including the manufacture of furniture and automobiles.

Additional reporting by Vikki Shen in Shanghai

By: Jingyi Chan
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