Styrolution, Aurora, Ill., plans to mothball its 330-million-lb/yr PS plant in Indian Orchard, Mass., by year’s end. The move is aimed at strengthening the long-term economic sustainability of its PS business in North America and comes after several years of overcapacity in the region. The company will continue to serve the North American PS market from its “best-in-class” plants in Decatur, Ala., Channahon, Ill., and Altamira, Mexico.
Styrolution will also shift production of NAS styrene-acrylic copolymers from Indian Orchard to its Decatur plant, where it will convert a GPPS line into a swing line to produce PS or NAS. The transfer of production is expected to be complete by the end of the third quarter.
Simultaneously, the company announced that it will provide local supply of NAS in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. By end of the third quarter, it will start production of NAS at Ludwigshafen, Germany. Currently NAS is supplied to those regions from Indian Orchard and compounded locally into the transparent Zylar.
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