Japan’s KH Neochem restarts Yokkaichi MIBK plant

07 May 2012 04:58  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s KH Neochem has restarted its 15,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Yokkaichi in Mie prefecture following a planned overhaul, a company official said on Monday.

The company restarted the MIBK plant around 30 April, after shutting it in early March for maintenance, the official said.

Kyowa Hakko, formerly known as Kyowa Hakko Chemical, is the smallest of three MIBK manufacturers in Japan.

The other producers are Mitsui Chemicals and Mitsubishi Chemical, which can produce 30,000 tonnes/year and 20,000 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.

By: Trisha Huang

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