30 July 2009 14:45 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Arkema’s methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) operations at La Chambre, France, are offline and operating rates at its methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) facility at the site are being ramped down for routine maintenance, a company source said on Thursday.
“MEK inventories are low, but we are covering regular business, but with limited spot availability,” said the source.
“For MIBK, we are covering regular contracts and we are firm on spot numbers,” the source added.
However, lacklustre demand and strong competition was making sales difficult, according to the source.
MEK operations were expected to restart in the week commencing 10 August. The MIBK facility was likely to restart at the end of the same week or slightly later, said the source.
The nameplate MEK capacity at the La Chambre site is 55,000 tonnes/year, while the nameplate capacity of the MIBK facility is 15,000 tonnes/year, according to the ICIS plants and projects database.
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