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China's Qingdao Haiwan eyes commercial production at 500,000 mt/year SM plant in Dec

Singapore — Qingdao Haiwan Chemical is expected to start commercial production at its new 500,000 mt/year styrene monomer plant in China's eastern Shandong province in December, market sources with knowledge of the matter said Friday.

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"All facilities at the new plant have now been completed, and the company is expecting commercial output in December," a source said.

Commercial startup had already been delayed once this year, as the plant was originally scheduled to start production by early July, the sources said.

The start-up was first delayed to September due to environmental compliance reasons, and was then further delayed to the end of the year, they added.

Qingdao Haiwan also operates a 300,000/year caustic soda plant, a 400,000/year vinyl chloride monomer plant, and a 300,000/year polyvinyl chloride plant at the same site.

Qingdao Haiwan has also announced plans to build a 200,000/year downstream polystyrene plant at the same site. The plant will be producing both general purpose and high impact polystyrene, according to the company.

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