02 November 2012 05:55 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan Prosperity Chemical Corp (TPCC) on 1 November shut its 100,000 tonne/year bisphenol A (BPA) unit on squeezed margins, a company source said on Friday.
The plant in Kaohsiung was originally scheduled for a three-week maintenance from 23-24 December but the turnaround was pushed forward because of persistently poor margins and demand in the BPA market, the source said.
The plant is expected to remain offline until mid-January, the source added.
The BPA unit has been running at 60-65% of capacity for a few months prior to the turnaround, according to the source.
No significant impact is expected on BPA prices and supply conditions in China because the company exports only up to 800 tonnes of the material to the country on a monthly basis, he said.
TPCC's upstream 360,000 tonnes/year and 220,000 tonnes/year acetone plant at the same site is still running, he added.
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