China’s Zhenjiang LCY shuts 24,000 tonne/year MIBK plant

10 September 2012 10:02  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Zhenjiang LCY General Chemical shut its 24,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province on 6 September because of a feedstock hydrogen supply shortage, market sources said on Monday.

The producer brought the MIBK plant off line after technical issues forced its hydrogen supplier to reduce supplies, the sources said.  

The market sources added that they have not received any further information regarding when the Zhenjiang MIBK plant can be restarted.

Zhenjiang LCY is a unit of Taiwan’s LCY Group, which also operates a 20,000 tonne/year MIBK plant at Linyuan in Taiwan.

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

Other MIBK makers in China include Ningbo Zhenyang, Taizhou Petrochemical and Jilin Petrochemical.

By: Trisha Huang

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