Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals to shut MIBK unit in Oct for maintenance

16 January 2012 01:34  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans to shut its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture in October for maintenance, a company official said on Monday.

The scheduled maintenance will take “between four and six weeks”, starting around mid-October, the official said.

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

The other producers are Mitsubishi Chemical and Kyowa Hakko Chemical, which have capacities to make 20,000 tonnes/year and 15,000 tonnes/year of MIBK, respectively.

MIBK, which is derived from acetone, is used as a solvent for industrial paints and thinners, and to produce rubber chemicals.

For more on Mitsui Chemicals and other producers, visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Trisha Huang

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