15 March 2013 18:33 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Europe’s hydrochloric acid (HCl) market is expected to remain balanced during the forthcoming planned outage at BASF in April, sources said on Friday.
German chemicals major BASF has a planned turnaround from 6-29 April at its 80,000 tonne/year toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant in Schwarzheide in Germany. The company said it is preparing for the turnaround and building up stocks.
“We are making our tanks as full as possible,” a company source said. “All the dealers are ready to prepare for customer requirements. I believe there will be no impact on Germany.”
Another producer said it has received a few additional inquiries from traders because of the outage, but that the market remains stable.
“We have had a little bit more HCl demand from traders and distributors,” a third producer said. “We received some phone calls from distributors because BASF is planning and building inventory up for the maintenance, but it is a pretty calm and stable market. Overall, steady.”
The BASF source said: “Everything is running according to schedule.”
HCl, a by-product of TDI production, is used in the chemical industry as a chemical reagent in the large-scale production of vinyl chloride for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), as well as methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) and TDI for polyurethane.
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