HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical producer Haverhill began the restart of its Haverhill, Ohio, bisphenol-A (BPA) plant this week following planned maintenance, the company confirmed on Monday.
Mechanical work was recently completed at the 100,000 tonne/year plant. The facility was taken down in late April along with Haverhill’s phenol plant, which feeds BPA production and has a nameplate capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year.
The restart of Haverhill’s BPA plant was thought likely by several market participants to increase supply of phenol co-product acetone at least nominally by virtue of the heightened demand for phenol.
Most phenol goes into the production of BPA, which is driven by polycarbonate (PC) used in construction, automobiles, consumer electronics and DVDs, and by epoxy resins used in paints and coatings, for example.
Other major US phenol producers include Axiall, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, INEOS Phenol and Shell Chemical.