Dow restarts US MIBK plant after maintenance outage

01 May 2009 15:33  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical has restarted its methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant in Institute, West Virginia, following a brief maintenance outage, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The shutdown of the 35,000-tonne/year plant was conducted on schedule from late March through early April, the source said.

A Dow spokesperson did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

MIBK is a solvent used in a variety of applications including traffic paints, architectural, industrial and automotive coatings and in acrylic and vinyl-acrylic resins for adhesives.

Eastman Chemical is also a US producer of MIBK.

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