27 March 2013 08:14 [Source: ICIS news]
BRISBANE (ICIS)--China Petrochemical Development Corp (CPDC) is planning to shut its 100,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) line in Toufen, Taiwan, in late April for three weeks of maintenance, a company source said on Wednesday.
However, the source said CPDC may bring forward the shutdown to mid-April and it is also likely to extend the shutdown because of the weak demand for capro in recent weeks.
The Toufen line is operating at close to full capacity, while the producer’s other line at the same site has yet to be started up, the source added.
CPDC has delayed the start-up of the second line, which was completed in 2012, because of poor economics, the source said.
The company has yet to fix a date to start up the second line, according to the source.
It is running a separate 200,000 tonne/year line at Kaohsiung in Taiwan at close to full capacity, he added.
CPDC is the sole capro producer in Taiwan.
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