October 30, 2020
DSM updates on vitamin E production
Royal DSM announced on October 29 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 upgrade and subsequent start-up of the vitamin E-plant owned by the DSM – Nenter joint venture (Yimante) in China.
After the 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 16,000 tonnes 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 says it will do its utmost to honour existing contracts for its valued customers.