Mitsui to shut MIBK plant due to a lack of feedstock acetone

09 March 2010 07:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japan's Mitsui Chemicals plans to shut its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture, this month due to insufficient acetone feedstock, a company official said on Tuesday.

“The plant will be shut from 15 March to the end of March,” he said, adding that the decision to take the facility off line was due to a turnaround at an upstream facility.

Mitsui’s phenol-acetone plant in Chiba is expected to be shut for maintenance between March and May.

MIBK has a variety of uses including as a solvent for paints, varnishes and lacquers.

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