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Japanese plants shutdowns

November 12/2010

(Plastemart) -- Japan Polypropylene Corp. plans to permanently shut two PP plants - The Kashima plant with capacity of 90,000 tpa will be shutdown in May 2011, and the 79,000 tpa Goi plant will be shutdown in June 2011.

Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical Corp plans to conduct planned maintenance at its three naphtha crackers in 2011, as per Reuters, probably between May and July. Kashima 1, with capacity to produce 375,000 tpa of ethylene, Kashima 2, with capacity to produce 453, 000 tpa of ethylene and Mizushima with capacity to produce 450, 000 tpa of ethylene will be shut sometime in May-July.

For the first time since 2007, Sumitomo Chemical Co plans to carry out maintenance work at its sole 380,000 tpa naphtha cracker in September 2011, for about 40-45 days.


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