Japan's TCC on track to shut 2nd-largest MEK unit on 14 Aug

22 July 2010 05:04  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japan’s Tonen Chemical Corporation (TCC) is on track to shut its 90,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) facility at Kawasaki in the Kanagawa prefecture on 14 August for routine maintenance, a company source said on Thursday.

The shut down of the country’s second largest MEK plant - that will continue until the end of September - takes place every four years, and is the second turnaround of a MEK line in 2010 in Japan.

Prior to this scheduled shutdown, Asia’s largest MEK facility - Maruzen Petrochemical - had taken its unit off line for two months from May.

Idemitsu Kosan, the third MEK unit in the country, will shut its facility in September.

“Supply from the Japan remains tight, where spot material will be lesser but our contract customers will be covered,” the company source said.

TCC - a subsidiary of Tonen General - is an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corp.

Other MEK plants in Japan include Maruzen Petrochemical and Idemitsu Kosan.

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. It is also used in polyurethane applications.

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By: Ong Sheau Ling
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