15 May 2013 12:28 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Dairen Chemical Corporation plans to achieve on-spec production of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) at its new 350,000 tonne/year plant on Jurong Island, Singapore, at the end of May, according to several sources close to the company on Wednesday.
Sources said that the company started commercial production at the plant between 12 to 14 May.
“They will offer June shipments,” one of them said. However, several other sources added that most of the VAM product will be meant for the company’s internal consumption in Malaysia.
The company operates a subsidiary factory in Tanjung Langsat, Johor, Malaysia, producing vinyl acetate-ethylene emulsion, ethylene-vinyl acetate-vinyl chloride emulsion and ethylene-vinyl chloride emulsion.
Sources added that the VAM plant may take three to six months to stabilise their production process before operating rates could be raised to 80-90%.
“Dairen may keep operating rates at 60-70% capacity in order to protect the catalyst and usually it is a three to six month duration to stabilise the production process,” one of the sources added.
Dairen company officials declined comment.
Dairen Chemical Corporation (DCC) is a joint venture between Chang Chun Group (Chang Chun Petrochemical and Chang Chun Plastics) and Nan Pao Resins.
The company operates two other VAM plants in Mailiao, Taiwan with a combined production capacity of 650,000 tonnes/year.
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