China's Shandong Fangming to start up nylon 6 chips line in end-Dec

20 December 2012 03:10  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shandong Fangming Chemical plans to start up a 50,000 tonne/year nylon 6 chips line at Dongming county in Shandong province at the end of December, a company source said on Thursday.

The line will produce normal speed spinning chips for making nylon fibre temporarily, according to company source.

However, a market player revealed that the new line is originally designed to produce high viscosity nylon chips which is used to make food grade film, but it is not confirmed by the company official.

Shandong Fangming, a private company which supplies synthetic chemicals such as cyclohexanone and cyclohexane, started up their first 100,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) line in early October 2012, the company source said.

The capro line was originally scheduled to start up at the end of August, but it was delayed in response of high feedstock benzene prices and weak downstream demand, according to the source.

The carpo line is now running stably at the operating rate of 80%. Almost half of its capro will be for captive use in the new nylon chips line when it starts up.

Hence, its supply of capro products to the market would be limited, the company source added.

By: Angeline Zhang

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