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Roehm plans to build MMA production in the USA

February 04/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) - Roehm is considering the construction of a plant for the production of methyl methacrylate (MMA) on the Gulf of Mexico in the United States with a capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year, the company said.

The plant is expected to use Roehm's proprietary Lima ethylene technology. The plant will be launched in 2023 or 2024.

The new plant could potentially replace the existing Fortier plant, located west of New Orleans. These investments will allow the manufacturer to capitalize on the significant advantages of lower ethylene prices.

This is the second investment in the US MMA market in recent years. So, Lucite International, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical (MCC), plans to build in the United States a production capacity of 350 thousand tons of MMA per year with an expected launch date in 2023.

If these two plants are built, the total output may change the global trade flows of MMA, as they will make the United States a net exporter, and Asia will become the target destination.

Following the sale of Advent's Evonik methacrylate business earlier this year and the creation of Roehm as an independent company, the MMA market was awaiting investment announcements.

MMA is used to produce homopolymers and copolymers, the most widely used are casting, molding or extrusion of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or modified polymers.

Acrylonitrile is one of the main raw materials for the production of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Report, in November, ABS imports to Russia amounted to 3,300 tonnes against 3,500 tonnes a month earlier and 4,100 tonnes in November last year. Following the results of eleven months, ABS import into the country slightly decreased compared to the same period last year and amounted to 31,300 tonnes. .
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:acryl, akrilonitril-stirol-akrilat (ASA), akrilonitril.
Category:General News
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