Japan's Mitsui Chemicals to cut resorcinol production at Yamaguchi

26 December 2012 09:56  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer Mitsui Chemicals is planning to permanently halt production at its resorcinol plant in Yamaguchi prefecture following an explosion at the facility earlier this year, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

The 7,600 tonne/year plant at the Iwakuni-Ohtake works has been shut following an explosion on 22 April this year.

Cymene and hydroquinone production facilities at the site have also been shut.

The company made a decision to exit from resorcinol production because it would be difficult to reacquire its customers who have been receiving supplies from other producers while Mitsui Chemicals’ plant is shut, the spokesman said.

Mitsui Chemicals plans to restart its cymene plant by mid-2013 and the hydroquinone plant around mid-January 2013 after repair works are completed, the spokesman added.

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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