21 November 2012 03:40 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Styrindo Mono Indonesia plans to shut its styrene monomer (SM) plants in the first half of next year, for maintenance, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.
The units located in Merak will undergo turnaround at different periods during the first six months of 2013, the source said.
The company is the sole producer of SM in Indonesia, with two plants - a 100,000 tonne/year unit and a 250,000 tonne/year unit.
“The schedule is tentative and has not been finalised,” the source said.
The company is currently operating the SM plants at a reduced capacity of around 90% amid the year-end lull demand season for the material.
SM is a liquid chemical used to make styrenics resins like polystyrene (PS) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), as well as synthetic rubbers such as styrene-butadiene-rubber (SBR) and styrene-butadiene-latex (SBL).
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