28 August 2013 17:51 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical's return to normal operations at its methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) facility in Stade, Germany, is likely to be further postponed until October, a company source said on Wednesday.
Previous reports suggested that Dow Chemical’s MDI unit in Stade was scheduled to resume to normal output in mid-September, based on the expectation that the upstream plant maintenance at its Boehlen site would take place at the end of August/early September and last for a few weeks. The upstream Boehlen site feeds the Dow Stade MDI facility.
However, since then, the company has had to postpone the upstream maintenance due to low stock levels, which has been further exacerbated by some recent production losses. The company source said it hopes to build up stocks in the meantime.
In April 2013, there had also been plans to ramp up operations at Stade in line with the completion of upstream maintenance. However, ongoing feedstock constraints persisted and the MDI facility has been forced to remain at restricted rates as a result.
MDI output at Stade has been restricted since the end of 2012 – largely for upstream reasons.
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