Market conditions scale back start-up of Formosa's PP unit

Formosa Plastics Corp. started up the first phase of its 700 million-lb/year polypropylene unit in March.Click here to enlarge imageIn late March, Formosa Plastics Corp. USA started commercial production of one of two trains in its grassroots polypropylene unit in Point Comfort, Tex. When both phases are commissioned, the 700 million-lb/year unit will boost Formosa's total polypro pylene capacity to 1.5 billion lb/year.Although both trains are mechanically complete, Formosa is delaying the start-up of its second train as a result of a current oversupply of commodity grades.The first of the unit's two trains produces homopolymer, impact polymer, and random copolymer grades.The se...

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