21 May 2013 09:18 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fibre Co (YCF) is running its new 100,000 tonne/year 1,4-butanediol (BDO) plant in Jiangsu province at around 60% capacity because of weak demand, a company source said on Tuesday.
BDO demand from the downstream polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and polyurethane (PU) sectors is still relatively weak, because the consumption of end-products remains slow, the source added.
“The supply [from the plant currently] is mainly for captive use at the company’s downstream PBT plant,” the source said.
However, the source disclosed that YCF will start commercial sales for its BDO product if the plant can run smoothly.
The BDO plant was started up on 1 May.
The 1,4-BDO is a feedstock in the production of fine chemicals used in the plastics, elastic fibres, pharmaceutical, pesticide and cosmetic sectors.
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