S Korea’s Kumho P&B shuts MIBK unit for overhaul and expansion

03 September 2012 06:15  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Kumho P&B Chemicals shut its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant in Yeosu on 1 September for overhaul and capacity expansion, a company source said on Monday.

The company will expand the MIBK plant’s capacity by 83% to 55,000 tonnes during the shutdown, which is expected to last about three and a half months.

Kumho has been in discussions with other Asian MIBK makers for spot supplies to meet an anticipated shortfall in the domestic market during the lengthy shutdown, the source added.

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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