Japan’s Kyowa Hakko shuts Yokkaichi butac plant for maintenance

09 March 2012 08:30  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Kyowa Hakko Chemical shut its 40,000 tonne/year butyl acetate (butac) plant at Yokkaichi in Mie prefecture this week for maintenance, a company official said on Friday.

The company is planning to restart the plant around 20 April after completing the scheduled overhaul, the official said.

Butac, which is derived from acetic acid and n-butanol (NBA), is mainly used in the manufacturing of paints and coatings for the furniture, construction and automotive sectors.

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

By: Trisha Huang

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