Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals on track to shut MIBK plant in October

26 July 2011 04:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals is on track to shut its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture for a turnaround in early October, a company official said on Tuesday.

The schedule has been slightly adjusted and the company is planning to shut the plant from 7 October to 15 November, the source said.

Mitsui Chemicals is planning to purchase cargoes from other Japanese producers to meet its domestic MIBK sales commitments, the official said.

The company may also reduce its export sales during the shutdown, the official added.

The total demand for MIBK in Japan is about 30,000-31,000 tonnes/year, the official said.

Mitsui Chemicals is the largest of three MIBK producers in Japan.

The other producers are Mitsubishi Chemical and Kyowa Hakko Chemical, each with an MIBK capacity of 20,000 tonnes/year and 15,000 tonnes/year respectively.

MIBK is used mainly as a solvent for industrial paints and thinners and in the production of rubber chemicals.

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By: Trisha Huang

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