11 June 2013 15:41 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Major synthetic rubber producer Synthos has restarted its plants at its Kralupy nad Vltavou production site in the Czech Republic following the flood emergency that necessitated their closure, the company said on Tuesday.
Poland-based Synthos said no significant damage was caused to the Kralupy site during the flooding of the River Vltava, a tributary of the Elbe, which also flooded, triggering the temporary closure of chemical plants including those of resins producer Spolchemie.
Damage from high waters was, however, caused to rail and road infrastructure in parts of the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria, meaning “major difficulties in the supply of raw materials and the shipment of products from the company is to be expected in the near future”, Synthos said.
Synthos's Kralupy nad Vltavou site includes a 120,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) unit run in a joint venture with Unipetrol, a 90,000 tonne/year BD unit, a 300,000 tonne/year ethylbenzene (EB) unit, and a 170,000 tonne/year styrene plant.
The facility also features a 90,000 tonne/year styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) unit, a 100,000 tonne/year expandable polystyrene (PS) unit, an 87,000 tonne/year polystyrene unit and a 2,000 tonne/year polybutadiene rubber (BR) unit.
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