24 June 2013 21:59 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Petrobras Energia, the main polystyrene (PS) producer in Argentina, has restarted its Zarate PS plant this week after being idled for 95 days by maintenance and labour conflicts, a company source said on Monday.
The plant stopped operations on about 10 March, and the maintenance was completed on schedule, but disagreements with labour unions delayed restart for nearly 60 days after the maintenance ended.
Supply of all grades of PS ran out quickly, and customers were supplied with imports from Brazil.
The Zarate plant has a nominal capacity of 65,000 tonnes/year, and production has started with general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) first.
Production of high impact polystyrene (HIPS) will start in a couple of days, the source said.
Inventory rebuilding will take a bit after such a long period of inactivity.
The plant that provides styrene monomer has been running at diminished capacity while the PS plant has been down.
Supply of raw material is ample at this time, the source said.
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