Japan's Asahi Kasei operates No 3 SM at 75% after restart

08 November 2012 08:16  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Asahi Kasei restarted its 390,000 tonne/year No 3 styrene monomer (SM) unit at Mizushima on 2-3 November after a week-long shutdown, a company source said on Thursday.

The unit was shut on 28 October because of a lightning strike.

“The restart was successful and the unit is currently running at around 75% as demand is weak,” the source added.

The company may lower the operating rate of its unit to 70% in December if demand continues to weaken.

The company operates a separate 320,000 tonne/year No 2 unit at the same location. Its 150,000 tonne/year No 1 unit was mothballed in 2007.

By: Clive Ong
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