Tosoh to bring one of three VCM units at its Nanyo, Japan, complex back online in March following November fire that forced shutdown; company's Nanyo complex has VCM output of 1.2 million tonnes/year, about 30% of Japan's total VCM capacity

LOS ANGELES , February 3, 2012 () – Japan-based chemicals producer Tosoh Corp. announced on Feb. 3 that it plans to bring one of its vinyl chloride monomer plants at its Nanyo complex in western Japan back online in March following a fire in November that forced the company to shut three units, Reuters reported the same day.

As a consequence of the fire, ethylene manufacturer Idemitsu Kosan Co. will shut one of its two naphtha crackers at its Tokuyama complex. Reuters noted that the two crackers have an annual ethylene capacity of 623,000 tonnes.

Reuters noted that Tosoh's Nanyo complex has an annual VCM output of 1.2 million tonnes, roughly 30% of Japan's total annual capacity of 3.52 million tonnes.

The primary source of this article is Reuters, London, England, Feb. 3, 2012.

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