China's SP Chemical runs newly restarted aniline unit at 85%

25 October 2012 11:05  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China's SP Chemical is currently running its 50,000 tonne/year aniline unit at Taixing in Jiangsu province at 85% of capacity, following the unit’s restart on 22 October, a company source said on Thursday.

On-spec products at the aniline plant were achieved on 23 October, the source said.

The plant was shut on 8 October on shortage of feedstock benzene. Prior to its shutdown, the unit was running at 80-90% of capacity, the source said.

The shutdown has had little impact on China’s domestic aniline market given weak downstream demand, a trader said.

Aniline prices were at yuan (CNY) 12,400-12,500/tonne ($1,984-2,000/tonne) EXW (ex-works) eastern China on 24 October, unchanged since 8 October, according Chemease, and ICIS service in China.

SP Chemical has a bigger aniline unit with a 90,000 tonne/year capacity in Taixing that has been shut since June last year.

($1 = CNY6.25)

By: Tracy Huang

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