04 February 2010 07:21 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japan’s Tonen Chemical Corporation (TCC) plans to shut its 90,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) facility at Kawasaki in the Kanagawa prefecture in late August for a 40-day maintenance period, a company source said on Thursday.
“This turnaround takes place every four years,” the source said, adding that the unit – the country's second largest MEK plant –was currently operating at full rate.
“As all the three MEK producers in Japan are having turnaround this year, the supply in the region will become very tight, but contract customers will not be affected,” the source added.
Maruzen Petrochemical would shut its 170,000 tonne/year plant – Japan’s largest MEK facility – in May for a two-month turnaround.
TCC – a subsidiary of Tonen General – is an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corp.
Other MEK plants in Asia include Idemitsu Kosan, Fushun Petrochemical (a subsidiary of Chinese energy major PetroChina) and Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical (a subsidiary of Zibo Qixiang Petrochemical Group).
MEK acts as a low-boiling solvent for nitrocellulose, acrylic and vinyl surface coatings with over half of global MEK demand deriving from the paints and coatings industry.
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