Japan's UMG ABS shuts part of Ube 100,000 t/y ABS plant after fire

09 September 2013 12:26  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese chemical producer UMG ABS has shut part of its 100,000 tonne/year acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plant in Ube, Yamaguchi prefecture, after a fire at the site, a company spokesperson said on Monday.

The fire broke out from the tank adjacent to the ABS plant, which stores ABS intermediate known as latex, at 23:55 Sunday local time, and it was extinguished a little after 00:00 on Monday, according to the company.

Two workers were rushed to the hospital but no deaths or injuries have been reported.

The polymerisation part of the ABS plant is currently shut, while the compounding part has resumed production, a company spokesperson said.

However, UMG ABS has not yet decided on a date for a full restart, the spokesperson added.

Local authorities are currently inspecting the site of the fire, he added.

The producer’s other ABS facility in Otake, Hiroshima prefecture, is operating normally, according to the spokesperson.

UMG ABS is a joint venture between Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Rayon.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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