Taiwan's UPC cuts operating rate at Zhuhai PA plant on weak demand

30 August 2013 10:28  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s UPC Technology has reduced the operating rates at its phthalic anhydride (PA) line in Zhuhai to 70% of capacity amid weak demand and poor margins, a company source said on Friday.

Initially, the line was running at above 80%.

However, the company reduced the operating rates on poor PA demand and weak margins because feedstock orthoxylene (OX) costs were rising, the source added.

“As of now, we have no near-term plans to increase production at our plant,” the source said.

Currently the company’s PA plant in Kaohsiung is running at 80-90% of capacity.

Both Zhuhai and Kaohsiung lines have a nameplate capacity of 45,000 tonnes/year.

By: Hazel Kumari
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