23 April 2013 17:09 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Two European epichlorohydrin (ECH) producers will carry out maintenance shutdowns in Europe in April and May, but this will not tighten the market, sources said on Tuesday.
Spolchemie, a Czech ECH producer will shut down its 24,000 tonne/year ECH plant from 11-20 May for annual maintenance. This should not affect supply as enough material has been stocked for this period.
Another major producer, which did not want to be named, has also shut down for annual maintenance for five weeks, market sources said. The exact dates are not known, but are believed to be from either this week or last week until the third or fourth week of May.
Netherlands-based Momentive has restarted its 90,000 tonne/year ECH unit after a four-week maintenance shutdown this week.
The past few weeks have been relatively stable as demand from the downstream epoxy resins industry is poor and there are no supply issues other than the planned maintenances, for which producers have stockpiled enough material.
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