announced end of October a maintenance shutdown of its Vitamin E plant in Sisseln, Switzerland during parts of January / February 2021. This planned maintenance work, originally scheduled for August 2020, has been deferred to the latest possible time in order to secure continuation of supply. The postponement was necessary as the covid-19 crisis and the flooding of the Yangtze river in the Wuhan area delayed the previously announced up-grade and subsequent start-up of the Vitamin E-plant owned by the DSM – Nenter joint venture (Yimante) in China.
After a long production interruption, the start-up at Yimante is now expected by the end of December 2020. Output is planned to gradually ramp-up during the course of 2021 towards the maximum installed nameplate capacity, which is currently 16kt of Vitamin E oil.
DSM expects the Yimante output to compensate for the volume gap from its plant in Sisseln, Switzerland in Q1/2021 and will do its utmost to honor existing contracts for its valuable customers.