20 September 2012 11:54 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Taiyo Vinyl is operating its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) facilities at reduced rates because of a shortage of feedstock vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), a company source said on Thursday.
The source said the 310,000 tonne/year plant at Yokkaichi is operating at above 70% of capacity, without providing an exact figure, while its 150,000 tonne/year plant at Osaka is running at around 25% of capacity.
Its 100,000 tonne/year PVC unit in China is running at about 80-100% of capacity, the source added.
Taiyo Vinyl obtains its feedstock VCM from Tosoh Corp.
A maintenance turnaround began at Tosoh’s 400,000 tonne/year No 3 VCM unit at Nanyo on 31 August. This is scheduled to last for around 40 days and has caused VCM supply to tighten.
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