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Huntsman expects partial MDI outage to last five weeks

October 19/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Huntsman is experiencing a partial outage at its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) plant in Geismar, Louisiana, according to a press release from the company, said Chemweek.

The partial outage is due to a mechanical failure at a third party raw material supplier and is expected to last for around five weeks. Huntsman operates a 500,000 tonnes/year MDI plant in Geismar as part of its Rubicon joint venture with Lanxess.

MDI is consumed mainly in polyurethane foams, which account for about 80% of global consumption. Rigid foams, the largest outlet for MDI, are used mostly in construction, refrigeration, packaging and insulation. MDI is also used to make binders, elastomers, adhesives, sealants, coatings and fibres.

As MRC informed earlier, Nanjing Jinling Huntsman, a joint venture between Huntsman and Sinopec Jinling, plans to close the propylene oxide plant in Nanjing (Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China) on November 1 for scheduled maintenance. This plant with a capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year of propylene oxide will be closed until approximately 25 November.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, overall PP production in Russia increased in January-July 2020 by 24% year on year to 1,063,700 tonne. ZapSibNeftekhim accounted for the main increase in the output.


mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, PP random copolymer, propylene, Huntsman.
Category:General News
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