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SP Chemicals undertakes unscheduled shutdown at SM plant in China

August 07/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SP Chemicals has taken off-stream its styrene monomer (SM) plant owing to technical issues, according to Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in China informed that the company halted operations at the plant on August 4, 2020. The plant is likely to restart on August 8, 2020.

Located at Taixing in Jiangsu province of China, the plant has a production capacity of 320,000 mt/year.

As MRC reported earlier, SP Chemicals last conducted a scheduled turnaround at SM plant in Jiangsu province from 19 to 30 March, 2020.

SM is the main feedstock for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics was 225,870 tonnes in the first half of 2020, down by 8% year on year. PS consumption increased by 2% year on year in June 2020, totalling 39,590 tonnes.

SP Chemicals, a Singapore-based company, is one of the largest ion-membrane chlor-alkali producer and aniline producer in China. The company's products include: aniline, caustic soda, chlorine, chlorobenzene, nitrochlorobenzene, nitrobenzene, vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). SP Chemicals plans to invest approximately RMB1.1 billion in facilities for the production of styrene monomer, an intermediate raw chemical used in making polystyrene plastics, protective coatings, polyesters and resins.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PS, styrene, SP Chemicals, China, Russia.
Category:General News
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