31 July 2013 16:30 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--BASF is planning a routine maintenance shutdown of its polyols plant in Schwarzheide, eastern Germany, in the latter half of September, a company source said on Wednesday.
"Production of polyols is running smoothly. We will have a planned shutdown in Schwarzheide in the last two weeks of September [approximately]," said the company source.
There were mixed views from industry players as to how this will affect the market after the August summer holidays, as demand for flexible polyols has been weak in July, and is expected to remain soft in August. However, demand from the bedding and furniture sector is expected to pick up seasonally in September.
“I don’t think it will impact the market or cause any tightness,” a producer said. “[There will be] full tanks with enough material from August [production].”
A second producer, however, said the shutdown could reduce availability but this is subject to demand levels at that time.
“Historically, September is a good month [in terms of orders],” the second producer said.
The nameplate production capacity of the Schwarzheide site is 150,000/tonnes per year for polyether polyols.
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