Japan’s Idemtisu Kosan to restart Chiba SM plant in end-April

04 April 2014 08:16 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan has scheduled to restart its 210,000 tonne/year styrene monomer (SM) plant in Chiba at the end of April after shutting it on 27 March for maintenance, a company source said on Friday.

The company also operates two SM units with total capacity of 340,000 tonnes/year in Tokuyama. Both units are currently operating at close to full tilt, according to the source.

The Tokuyama units were restarted in late March after being shut on 14 March following an earthquake off Japan's southern island of Kyushu near the city of Oita.

Other SM producers in Japan include Denka, Asahi Kasei Chemicals and Nihon Oxirane Co.  

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By Clive Ong