China’s Zibo Qixiang resumes partial operations at MEK plant

09 May 2013 09:48  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical has resumed partial operations at its 70,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) facility in Zibo, Shandong province, on 8 May after about a month of maintenance, a company source said on Thursday.

A 30,000 tonne/year line at the plant is now running at around 80% capacity, the source said.

There is no restart date yet for the second 40,000 tonne/year line, the source added.

Chinese distributors said domestic prices may come under pressure when the largest producer in China resumes full operations at the Zibo plant.

“Distributors are cautious as demand in both the domestic and regional markets is weak,’’ a Chinese distributor said.   

Author: Pei Lin Yeow

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