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Ube temporarily suspends production at Ube-Fujimagari ammonia facility

March 01/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ube Industries has temporarily suspended ammonia production at its Ube-Fujimagari factory in Yamaguchi, Japan, following the discovery of equipment problems, according to Apic-online.

The shutdown, which began on 25 Jan. 2021, is also expected to affect the production of downstream products that utilize ammonia as a raw material.

"We extend our sincere apologies for any inconvenience or concern this situation may cause our customers and business partners, and offer our assurance that we continue to work to ensure the quick and reliable restoration of production operations," the company noted.

As MRC reported previously, in September 2015, Ube Industries Ltd. launched Lotte Ube Synthetic Rubber Sdn. Bhd.- a joint venture of Lotte Chemical Corp. (40%), Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Sdn. Bhd. (10%), Ube Industries, Ltd. (40%), and Mitsubishi Corporation (10%) - for the manufacturing of butadiene rubber (BR) based in the Tanjung Langsat industrial park in Johor, Malaysia.

Lotte Ube Synthetic Rubber has a BR production capacity of 50,000 tonnes per year, becoming the fourth BR production facility of the UBE Group. With facilities in Japan (126,000 tonnes), Thailand (72,000 tonnes), China (72,000 tonnes) and now Mayasia, the Ube Industries Group has a combined annual BR production capacity of 320,000 tonnes.

Butadiene is one of the main feedstocks for the production of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS).

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, ABS imports into Russia totalled 2,700 tonnes in January 2021, compared to 2,600 tonnes a month earlier and 2,300 tonnes in January 2020.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PS, ABS, butadien, petrochemistry, natural rubber, Honam Petrochemical, Lotte Chemical, Mitsubishi Chemical, Ube Industries, China, Malaysia, Russia, Thailand, Japan.
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