S Korea’s Isu Chem achieves full output at Ulsan LAB plant

02 November 2012 09:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Isu Chemical has achieved full production at its linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant at Ulsan, South Korea following a three-week maintenance, a source close to the company said on Friday.

“The 180,000 tonne/year plant was restarted on 27 October and has now achieved full output,” the source said.

Supply of LAB in South Korea has eased following the restart of the Isu plant, according to market players. “Supply had become a bit tight in South Korea after the Isu plant went on a turnaround on 5 October, but now there is more availability in the market,” a trader said.

Isu is now the world’s third largest LAB producer, following the start-up of its 100,000 tonne/year joint venture plant in Taicang, near Shanghai, on 17 October.

LAB is the raw material for producing detergents and surfactants.

In addition to LAB, Isu also produces branched alkyl benzene, heavy branched alkyl benzene, tertiary alkyl benzene, linear alkyl benzene sulphonate (LAS) and normal paraffin, as well as specialty chemicals such as de-aromatized solvent, parasol, and tertiary dodecyl mercaptan.

By: Prema Viswanathan
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