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23% capacity shut by Japanís ethylene producers post-March 11

March 25/2011

(Plastemart) -- Japanís ethylene producers have 23% of their capacity shut following the countryís March 11 earthquake and tsunami, as per Chemical Market Associates Inc. No ethylene capacity has been restarted since CMAIís last report on March 18.

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp., Japanís biggest ethylene maker, will take at least two months to resume operations at its Kashima plant because of damage to berths, utility infrastructure and roads. Two naphtha crackers at the Kashima facility are responsible for almost 11% of Japanís ethylene capacity and 2.4% of capacity in northeast Asia.

Other curtailments include 37% of Japanís polyethylene plastic capacity and 46% of its PVC plastic capacity. About 27% propylene capacity and 35% polypropylene capacity remain shut.

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