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India TDI Plant Update

GNFC undertakes unscheduled shutdown at TDI plant in India

MOSCOW (MRC) — Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd (GNFC), has shut its toluene diisocyanate (TDI) units at Bharuch & Dahej, according to Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in India informed that, the company has halted operations at the units last week owing to a nation-wide lockdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Further details on duration of the shutdown could not be ascertained.

Located in Gujarat, India, the Bharuch unit has a production capacity of 50,000 mt/year and the Dahej unit has a production capacity of 17,000 mt/year.

TDI is a chemical used in the production of polyurethanes, primarily for flexible foam applications including furniture, bedding and carpet underlay, as well as packaging applications. TDI is also used in the manufacture of coatings, sealants, adhesives and elastomers.

As MRC wrote¬†previously, India lockdown adds uncertainty for polyvinyl chloride¬†(PVC) exports. Last week India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown from Wednesday for 21 days in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the world’s second-most populous country, which has 1.3 billion people. The lockdown applies to ports, which will slow imports of all kinds of goods, including PVC, to a country that was dependent on PVC imports to meet demand before the pandemic gripped the globe.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, contrary to seasonal factors, Russian producers of unmixed PVC have maintained a high level of capacity utilisation. Russia’s overal PVC output totalled 91,700 tonnes in January 2020, up by 4% year on year. January production of unmixed PVC was 91,700 tonnes versus 87,760 tonnes in January 2019 and 81,400 tonnes in December 2019. Thus, despite relatively weak demand for resin from the domestic market, the average capacity utilisation exceeded 95% last month. Russia’s overall PVC production reached 975,000 tonnes in 2019, compared to 958,600 tonnes a year earlier.

Author:Margaret Volkova