09 January 2013 08:42 [Source: ICIS news]
BRISBANE (ICIS)--China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) is expected to restart its 200,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) line at Xiaogang, Kaohsiung in Taiwan at around 18 January after completing maintenance at the unit, a company source said on Wednesday.
The line was shut in the week ended 28 December.
The maintenance was brought forward from its usual February schedule, the source said without providing a reason.
Market sources said that the company may have decided to shut the plant earlier in view of the current demand weakness.
CPDC is the sole capro producer in Taiwan.
The company has two other capro lines located in Toufen, each with a 100,000 tonne/year capacity.
One of the Toufen lines is currently operating at close to full capacity, while the other unit has yet to start up, the source said.
The company has delayed the start-up of the second line, which was completed in 2012, because of poor economics.
“No clear date is set for the start-up; it depends on the market conditions,” the CPDC source said.
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