01 February 2013 20:19 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Mexichem will be shutting down polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production in Mexico next week for five to eight days because of the lack of feedstock, sources said on Friday.
US vinyl chloride (VCM) manufacturer PPG Industries, a major supplier to Mexichem, has not returned to normal production after its declaration of force majeure on VCM and caustic soda as a result of a late-December fire at its Lake Charles chlor-alkali facility in Louisiana.
PPG is expected to begin VCM production between 8-12 February, sources in Mexico said.
Another VCM supplier for Mexichem, Mexico’s Pemex, has not been producing VCM after a shutdown and recent failed restart attempt, sources said. No update on the restart was available, according to market participants.
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