Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc., Columbus, OH, has announced plans to indefinitely idle its BPA3 production unit, part of its manufacturing complex in Deer Park, TX. The unit produces BPA, or bisphenol-A, which is used as a raw material in producing epoxy resins, certain plastics and other products.
“Continued soft demand for BPA as a result of the general
economic downturn makes this a necessary move that will further improve the
economics of our Deer Park
complex,” said Ian Harris, vice president, Base Resins. “We will continue to
operate our newer BPA4 unit in Deer
Park, as well as our BPA unit in Pernis, The
Netherlands, ensuring a continued supply for our merchant customers and our
Harris said Hexion is bringing its larger BPA4 unit on line
after a complete maintenance turnaround. The unit has a rated annual production
capacity of 310 million pounds. The BPA3 unit, which has a rated capacity of
190 million pounds, will be taken off line and idled once the BPA4 unit is
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