Argentina’s PS production restart rests on labour talks

25 April 2013 18:05  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Petrobras Energia, the main polystyrene (PS) producer in Argentina, is hoping to restart its Zarate plant this week after a maintenance turnaround that has lasted longer than a month, a company source said on Thursday.

The plant stopped operations around 10 March, and it is ready to resume operations. However, the actual restart date depends on the outcome of talks with labour unions, the source said.

The Zarate plant has a nominal capacity of 65,000 tonnes/year. The outage combined maintenance work and personnel vacations for workers.

The producer has accumulated inventories to supply customers while the plant is down and has also imported some PS volumes from Brazil to complement its stocks.

If the restart is delayed longer than one week, the domestic PS supply could be negatively affected, the source said.

PS demand has remained steady during the month, but it has softened of late, echoing local worries about the economy.

By: George Martin
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