S Korea’s Kumho P&B Chem may offer 2,000 tonnes/month MIBK in 2013

06 November 2012 04:44  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Kumho P&B Chemicals may be able to offer up to 2,000 tonnes/month of methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) for export sales in 2013, after completing its capacity expansion, a company source said on Tuesday.

The company plans to restart its expanded MIBK plant, which will have a nameplate capacity of 55,000 tonnes/year, on 10 December.

The plant has been off line since 1 September to undergo overhaul and capacity expansion.

Its eventual MIBK export volume will depend on the market situation, the source added.

Kumho’s MIBK export availability was “very limited” in 2012, said the source who declined to give further details.

Meanwhile, the MIBK capacity expansion will boost Kumho’s captive usage of feedstock acetone by about 2,800 tonnes/month to about 6,000 tonnes/month, which will reduce its acetone export availability.

By: Trisha Huang

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