09 May 2013 10:30 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Pakistan’s Tufail Industries plans to double its linear alkylbenzene sulphonate (LAS) capacity to 60,000 tonnes/year in July this year, a company source said on Thursday.
“Our plant, which is located at Karachi port, currently produces 30,000 tonnes/year of LAS, most of which is locally consumed,” said the source.
Once the expansion is completed, the company would have more export availability, the source added. “We hope to export the surplus to the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] region, Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka,” the source said.
Linear alkylbenzene (LAB) feedstock for the expansion would be imported, the source added. Pakistan has no local production of LAB.
Pakistan’s demand for LAS was around 60,000 tonnes/year in 2012, and is estimated to increase by 10% to 65,000 tonnes/year in 2013, market sources said. Local production is at around 50,000 tonnes/year, with 10,000 tonnes/year being imported, mainly from South Korea, Taiwan, China and India.
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