Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical to shut MIBK plant in early June

24 April 2012 05:49  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical has brought forward a scheduled methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant maintenance to early June from mid-June, a company official said on Tuesday.

The company plans to shut its 20,000 tonne/year MIBK plant at Mizushima for 35-40 days for an overhaul, the official said.

Mitsubishi Chemical is one of three MIBK producers in Japan.

The other producers are Mitsui Chemicals, which has a nameplate capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year, and KH Neochem, which can produce 15,000 tonnes of MIBK annually.

MIBK, which is derived from acetone, is mainly used as a solvent for industrial paints and in the production of rubber chemicals.

By: Trisha Huang

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