Mexico’s Cangrejera cracker returns, PE plants starting up

03 October 2013 20:45  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Mexico’s 650,000 tonne/year Cangrejera cracker resumed operations this week after the completion of programmed maintenance work, a company source said on Thursday.

The cracker had stopped operations on 12 August and resumed operations on schedule, the source said.

All three low density polyethylene (LDPE) trains at the 300,000 tonne/year Cangrejera facility are currently working.

The 100,000 tonne/year Asahi high density polyethylene (HDPE) injection moulding plant and the 80,000 tonne/year Mitsui HDPE blow moulding plant are currently restarting.

The 300,000 tonne/year Morelos swing plant is currently stopped, but it is expected to resume operations over the weekend, the source said.

Availability of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and HDPE has declined sharply in Mexico, despite the entrance of imports from the US.

The shortages of these two grades are likely to continue during the rest of October, while the distribution pipeline is slowly filled.

Demand has declined slightly in recent days with a perceived slowdown in Mexico’s economy.

The local producer has not noticed a decline in demand because the low availability of plastic resins has kept regular buyers knocking at its doors.

By: George Martin
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