Stepan to undergo re-catalysation at PA plant in Illinois in the fall

20 August 2013 22:26  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW YORK (ICIS)--Stepan will conduct a re-catalysation of one of its converters at its phthalic anhydride (PA) plant in Elwood, Illinois, in late October/early November, a company official said on Tuesday.

“This will temporarily decrease our capacity, but we anticipate building sufficient inventory prior to the re-catalysation so that we won't see any supply disruption,” the official said.

The company’s Elwood plant currently has a nameplate capacity of 90,000 tonnes/year, down from its previous 110,000 tonne/year capacity.

The company permanently shut down its fourth converter at the plant in the spring of 2012, the official said.

Meanwhile, Koppers earlier said that it will be undergoing a month-long planned maintenance outage in mid-September to mid-October at its 100,000 tonne/year PA plant in Stickney, Illinois.

The company will also re-catalyse two of its reactors during this maintenance period, a Koppers official said.

PA is a key intermediate in the production of plasticizers, which are used to make products such as flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Major US PA producers include BASF, Koppers and Stepan.


By: Feliza Mirasol
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