Japan's Mitsubishi runs overhauled MIBK plant at 80% of capacity

17 July 2012 03:19  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical is running its 20,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Mizushima at close to 80% of capacity following its restart on 16 July, a company official said on Tuesday.

The plant should reach its full operating rate by 18 July, said the official.

The company brought the plant off line on 13 June for annual maintenance.

Mitsubishi Chemical is one of three MIBK makers in Japan.

The other producers are Mitsui Chemicals, whose plant 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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