China’s Baichuan runs Nantong etac/butac plant at about 50% capacity

05 September 2012 05:01  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Wuxi Baichuan Chemical Industrial is running its new ethyl acetate (etac)/butyl acetate (butac) swing plant at Nantong in Jiangsu province at close to 50% capacity, a company source said on Wednesday.

The company has begun selling etac in the domestic market after achieving on-spec output in late August, the source added.

Etac output at Nantong is currently at “less than 50% capacity”. However, output level will be adjusted in line with demand, according to the source.

Baichuan has no immediate plans to start producing butac at Nantong, as butac is manufactured at its existing 200,000 tonne/year 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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