Japan’s Mitsui Chemical to shut MIBK plant on 2 Oct for overhaul

04 September 2012 06:21  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals is planning to shut its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in Yamaguchi prefecture on 2 October for maintenance, a company official said on Tuesday.

The starting date of the scheduled overhaul has been postponed by a day.

The maintenance will last approximately six weeks, the official added.

Mitsui Chemicals is the largest of three MIBK producers in Japan.

The other two producers are Mitsubishi Chemical, which has a nameplate capacity of 20,000 tonnes/year, and KH Neochem, which can produce 15,000 tonnes of MIBK annually.

By: Trisha Huang

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