Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals to restart MIBK plant after overhaul

20 November 2012 01:33  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans to restart its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in Yamaguchi prefecture on 22 November after completing annual maintenance, a company official said on Tuesday.

The plant, which was taken off line on 2 October, was originally scheduled to be restarted around mid-November.

The company official at Mitsui Chemicals, which is the largest of three MIBK makers in Japan, did not give a reason for the postponed plant restart.

The other two producers are Mitsubishi Chemical, which has a MIBK 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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