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BASF Idles Ludwigshafen Cracker for at Least Three Months Due to Weak Demand

1:04 PM MDT | April 3, 2009

BASF says it will idle the smaller of its two steam crackers at Ludwigshafen due to continuing weak demand. The temporary shutdown of the plant, which has capacity to produce 220,000 m.t./year of ethylene, is planned to start in mid-April and last at least three months, the company says. Five production lines are currently idled at the Ludwigshafen complex, including an ammonia unit, intermediates plants, and compounding facilities. An additional 60 production lines are operating at low rates. BASF has reduced its production worldwide to more than 25% below...

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