Mitsubishi runs MIBK unit at full capacity after restart

03 March 2009 15:47  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical is currently running its 20,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant in Mizushima, Okayama prefecture, at full capacity after restarting the unit in late February, a company official said on Tuesday.

“The plant was restarted around 20 February,” he said.

Mitsubishi Chemical had taken the unit off line in early February due to weak market conditions.

The official said the company’s upstream phenol-acetone and bisphenol-A (BPA) units were still shut but could resume operations in the second half of March.

Mitsubishi’s plant in Kashima can produce 250,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 150,000 tonnes/year of acetone. It also runs two BPA plants – a 100,000 tonne/year facility in Kashima and a 120,000 tonne/year unit in Kurosaki.

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