Japan's UMG ABS unit at Ube restarting at reduced rates after fire

19 September 2013 12:19  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japanese acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resin producer UMG ABS does not expect its 100,000 tonne/year ABS plant in Ube, Yamaguchi prefecture, which was partially taken offline due to a recent fire, to reach full rate production straight away, a company official said on Thursday.

The company is currently in the process of restarting part of the polymerization facilities within the ABS plant at reduced rates, the official said on the phone.

Other polymerization facilities, which have not restarted, have no problem in the production process flow, but because a tank which stores an ABS intermediate product was damaged by the fire, this prevents the facilities from full-rate production, the company said in a statement released earlier this week.

UMG ABS is currently using its other undamaged storage tanks until the fire-hit tank is repaired, the official said.

The official declined to give a specific current operating rate of the ABS plant, however.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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