22 January 2014 03:44 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Qatar’s Seef Limited is running its 100,000 tonne/year linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant at 90% of capacity because of lower demand for LAB, a company source said on 21 January.
“We recently decreased our capacity from 95% to 90% because of lower demand in India and southeast Asian countries. However we might increase the capacity again during the summer time, which is the peak season for LAB trade,” the source said.
Buyers in southeast Asia are said to hold sufficient inventory or can choose from a variety of sources locally and from other Middle Eastern and south/southeast Asian suppliers.
According to ICIS data, by 2013, demand for LAB in Asia was at 1.4m tonnes/year versus a capacity of 1.68m tonnes/year.
LAB is the feedstock for linear alkyl benzene sulphonate (LAS), which is a surfactant used mainly in producing detergents.
According to the company’s website, Seef Limited is a company incorporated in Qatar in July 2004 as a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum [80%] and local company UDC [20%].
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