Japan’s Asahi Kasei to restart SM units in April after maintenance

26 March 2014 06:05 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Asahi Kasei Chemical plans to restart its styrene monomer (SM) units in April after completing maintenance, a company source said on Wednesday.

Its 390,000 tonne/year No.3 unit, located in Mizushima, will be restarted on 1 April after being shut for maintenance in early March.

Its 320,000 tonne/year No.2 unit, at the same location, will be restarted around the middle of April. The unit was shut in mid-February for a turnaround.

The company’s 150,000 tonne/year No 1 SM unit was mothballed in 2007.

Other Japanese SM makers include Denka and Idemitsu Kosan Chemicals.

By Clive Ong