Japan’s Tosoh may expand Nanyo VCM No 3 unit capacity by 50%

25 October 2012 11:45  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Tosoh Corp may expand the capacity of its 400,000 tonne/year No 3 vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant in Nanyo by 50%, a company source said on Thursday.  

The company, which is the biggest VCM producer in Japan, may choose to expand the No 3 VCM facility to have a 600,000 tonne/year capacity, instead of reconstructing its 550,000 tonne/year No 2 VCM unit located at the same site, the source said.

The No 2 VCM plant was severely damaged by an explosion in November 2011 and has been shut since then.

Meanwhile, the capacity of Tosoh's No 1 VCM unit in Nanyo will be kept at 250,000 tonnes/year, the source said.

The company needs about a month to arrive at a final decision on the issue, the source said.

If Tosoh decides to go ahead with the expansion plan, it will take around two years to complete, according to the source.


By: Feliana Widjaja
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