Japan’s Kyowa Hakko to shut Yokkaichi butac plant in March-April

27 February 2012 02:35  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Kyowa Hakko Chemical is planning to shut its 40,000 tonne/year butyl acetate (butac) plant at Yokkaichi in Mie prefecture for 40-50 days of maintenance starting next month, a company official said on Monday.

The scheduled overhaul will start in early March, for completion by late April, said the official, who declined to give the exact dates.

Butac, which is derived from acetic acid and n-butanol (NBA), is a solvent used the production of coating, ink and adhesives.

Other butac makers in Asia include Korea Alcohol Industrial in South Korea, Jiangmen Handsome in China and Celanese in Singapore.

By: Trisha Huang

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