Japan’s Mitsui Chem runs MIBK plant at 100% after recent overhaul

04 December 2012 07:55  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals is running its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in Yamaguchi prefecture at full capacity following a recent turnaround, a company official said on Tuesday.

The plant was restarted on 22 November, after being shut for almost two months of maintenance. It was taken off line on 2 October.

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

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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