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Mitsubishi Restarts Kashima Cracker; to Expand PVC Compounds Unit in Thailand

4:44 AM MDT | May 20, 2011 | Deepti Ramesh

Mitsubishi Chemical says it has today restarted production at the company's No. 2 naphtha cracker at Kashima, Japan. The 453,000-m.t./year No. 2 cracker was taken offline due to damage caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. As previously announced, the company has delayed a planned maintenance turnaround at the No. 2 naphtha cracker until the end of August from an originally planned start date of June 30. Some lines of the company’s polyethylene and polypropylene production facilities will also restart soon, Mitsubishi says. The company plans to...

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