Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans October MIBK plant overhaul

05 February 2013 01:51  [Source: ICIS news]

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

The plant will be taken off line from October to mid-November for around one-and-a-half months, the official said.

Mitsui Chemicals' MIBK plant was last shut for overhaul between 2 October and 22 November 2012.

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

The other two producers are Mitsubishi Chemical, which can produce 20,000 tonnes/year of MIBK, and KH Neochem, which can manufacture 15,000 tonnes/year of MIBK.

By: Trisha Huang

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