Japan's JSR achieves on-spec E-SBR at restarted Yokkaichi lines

29 November 2012 10:54  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer JSR Corp has achieved on-spec production this week at its two newly restarted emulsion styrene butadiene rubber (E-SBR) lines at the fire-hit Yokkaichi site, a company spokesman said on Thursday.

“The two lines have become operational from 17 November,” the spokesman said in Japanese over the phone, adding that the restart process was done gradually.

Repairs are still underway on a third E-SBR line, which caught fire on 15 November, the spokesperson said, but added that clearance from the local government to restart the line has been received.

JSR expects this production line to be operational by end-December, but the unit’s restart could be postponed to January 2013, depending on demand for E-SBR,  the spokesperson said.

The company has a combined E-SBR and solution SBR (S-SBR) production capacity of 255,000 tonnes/year.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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