China’s Baichuan starts trial runs at Nantong etac/butac plant

24 August 2012 03:32  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--East China-based Wuxi Baichuan Chemical Industrial has begun trial runs at its new 300,000 tonne/year ethyl acetate (etac)/butyl acetate (butac) swing plant at Nantong in Jiangsu province, a company source said on Friday.

The company has achieved on-spec etac output after test runs started early this week, the source said.

Baichuan has yet to start trial runs for butac, which is being produced at its existing plant at Jiangyin, the source added.

Commissioning of the Nantong plant has been delayed from late July, partly because of slow demand and weak margins for solvents in China.

The company is producing solely butac at its existing 200,000 tonne/year etac/butac swing plant at Jiangyin, also in Jiangsu province.

Etac, which is mainly produced by the esterification of ethanol with acetic acid, is used in coating formulations such as epoxys and vinyls, as well as in solvent applications for inks and food.

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

By: Trisha Huang

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