29 November 2013 02:08 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Pan Asia Chemical Corp’s surfactants plant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, has restarted operations at 50% capacity last week, a company source said in Mandarin on Wednesday.
The plant, which has a monthly output of 100,000 tonnes of 500 types of surfactants, including alcohol ethoxylates, was shut for scheduled maintenance at the start of October.
The source added that the company has also resumed discussions on exports. However, no date was given on when the plant will resume full operation rates.
Ethoxylates have applications in the home and personal care, agrochemicals, textile, lubricant and paper industries.
Alcohol ethoxylates can be used directly as surfactants or as feedstock for the production of sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) - the main workhorse of natural surfactants.
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