Taiwan’s TPCC cuts December phenol/acetone output to 80%

07 December 2012 03:04  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Taiwan Prosperity Chemical Corp (TPCC) cut the operating rate at its phenol/acetone plant at Kaohsiung further to 80% capacity in December because of poor margins, a company source said on Friday.

The plant will be taken off line on 24 December for three weeks of annual maintenance.

Operating rate at the plant, which has a nameplate capacity of 360,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 220,000 tonnes/year of acetone, was reduced to 85-90% capacity in November.

The producer shut its downstream bisphenol A (BPA) plant at the same site on 1 November in response to unfavourable market conditions. 

The BPA plant is expected to remain off line until mid-January 2013.

By: Trisha Huang

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