18 October 2012 10:51 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shanxi Tianji Coal Chemical Industry Group plans to carry out trial run at its new aniline unit at Lucheng in Shanxi province at the end of October or early November, a company source said on Thursday.
Shanxi Tianji originally planned to start up the 135,000 tonne/year aniline unit in May but delayed it due to poor market conditions at the time, the source added.
The start-up of the unit is expected to increase aniline supply in the north China market that may lead to slight drop in prices, a trader based in north China said.
Prices for aniline were assessed at yuan (CNY) 12,200-12,400/tonne ($1,949-1981/tonne) DEL (delivered) north China on 17 October, up by CNY200-300/tonne compared with CNY12,000-12,100/tonne on 12 October, according the Chemease.
Aniline is widely used in the manufacture of methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI).
Additional reporting by Tracy Huang
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