BASF and Vencorex TDI production stops in April

16 April 2013 17:21  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Planned maintenance at BASF’s plant at Schwarzheide in Germany is proceeding as planned, a company source said on Tuesday.

BASF’s plant maintenance, which began early this month, is expected to last until 29 April. The German TDI plant has a nameplate capacity of 80,000 tonnes/year, according to the ICIS Plants and Projects database.

In other TDI news, Vencorex’s TDI plant at Le-Pont-de-Claix, in France is expected to undergo major planned maintenance work around 21 April. The turnaround is due to last for around four-to-five weeks, a company source said.

The French TDI unit, which is a joint venture between Thailand-based petrochemical and refining company PTT Global and Swedish based producer Perstorp, has the nameplate capacity to produce around 125,000 tonnes/year, according to the company source.

The European TDI market is well-supplied despite these plant stops, because they are planned and demand from the main downstream bedding, furniture and automotive sectors has been slow for economic reasons.

By: Heidi Finch
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