China’s Zhejiang Xinhua to start up 10,000 tonne/year MIBK plant

28 August 2012 08:01  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Zhejiang Xinhua plans to start up a new 10,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, said several market sources on Tuesday.

The company may begin commercial operations as early as September, a market source added.  

Zhejiang Xinhua is sending samples to end-users for trial, after conducting test runs at the plant, said a Chinese end-user.

The company could not be immediately reached for comments.

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

Other MIBK makers in China include Ningbo Zhenyang, Jilin Petrochemical, Zhenjiang LCY General Chemical and Taizhou Petrochemical.

By: Trisha Huang

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