22 January 2013 02:17 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shandong Fangming Chemical has been operating its 100,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) line at Heze city in Shandong province at 50% capacity since 18 January, a company source said late on Monday.
The producer is currently running the capro line at the reduced production capacity, while conducting maintenance on it at the same time, the source added.
Maintenance is estimated to last for around two weeks, the source said, without disclosing the reasons for lower operating rates and maintenance work.
The new capro line was started up in October last year and was operating at a stable rate of 80% capacity since, according to official information from Shandong Fangming.
Talk is that the capro line may have encountered production issues as the reduced run rates and maintenance had not been scheduled, market players said.
Some end-users have indicated that their contract volumes from Shandong Fangming will decrease or be delayed in January.
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