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Showa Denko to Shut Naphtha Cracker in March for Maintenance

November 17, 2011

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Showa Denko K.K. plans to idle a 200,000 metric tons-a-year naphtha cracker at its Oita plant in southwestern Japan in March for planned maintenance, Junichi Tagaki, a company spokesman in Tokyo, said by phone today.

The company will shut the unit that produces ethylene and other petrochemical products from naphtha for 45 days starting in mid or late March, he said.

The Oita plant can produce 615,000 tons a year of ethylene, according to Takagi.

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