17 October 2013 13:07 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Dow Chemicals’ methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) Stade plant in north Germany is due to resume full output at the end of October after its upstream Boehlen plant in eastern Germany restarted on 16 October, a company source said on Thursday.
The Boehlen plant, which feeds the Dow Stade MDI facility, will go through a two-day ramp up until it can resume full operation, the source added. MDI output at Stade has been restricted since the end of 2012, largely for upstream reasons.
The company source said its restricted output had affected its volume offers to several regions such as Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and thus it was only catering to the European market. However, it will now increase its offers and restart selling to the Middle East and Africa from mid-November at a competitive price, the source added.
Recent polymeric methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (PMDI) plant issues and reduced output from several European MDI facilities have depressed market sentiment in the Middle East. Two European producers said they had stopped offering to the Middle East as a result.
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