Taiwan’s CPDC to shut capro line in Kaohsiung in advance

27 December 2012 09:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) plans to shut its 200,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) line in Kaohsiung for three-week maintenance in end-December, a company source said on Thursday.

The maintenance was ahead of schedule as the annual maintenance shutdown is usually in every February, the company source added.

The reason for earlier maintenance is believed to be weak demand in the previous months.

CPDC is the sole capro producer in Taiwan. It has two other capro lines with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year each in Toufen.

The company is operating one of its lines in Toufen is at around 90% capacity. However, it delayed the start-up of the other line, which is newly built in 2012, to February next year because of continuous negative profits of capro.

By: Angeline Zhang

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