Japan’s JSR Corp shuts one Yokkaichi emulsion-SBR line after fire

16 November 2012 08:38  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s JSR Corp has shut one of the six emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (E-SBR) production lines at its Yokkaichi plant after a fire broke out at the unit late Thursday, a company official said on Friday.

The fire started at 22:13 hours Japan time (13:13 GMT) on 15 November and was brought under control about three hours later, the official said.

The blaze forced the shutdown of one production unit, but the other five lines were not affected and were operating normally on Friday, she said.

The official declined to comment on the capacity of the Yokkaichi plant. Market sources said that the facility has a total E-SBR production capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year.

“The site of the fire is still under inspections by local authorities and the cause of the fire has not yet been identified,” the official said.

Additional reporting by Helen Yan

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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