Japan's KH Neochem to shut Yokkaichi butac unit for overhaul

13 February 2013 03:33  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s KH Neochem plans to shut its 40,000 tonne/year butyl acetate (butac) plant at Yokkaichi in Mie prefecture for a turnaround in March, a company official said on Wednesday.

The producer will take its plant off line for about 40 days between mid-March and end-April, the company official added.

Butac, which is derived from acetic acid and n-butanol (NBA), is mainly used in the manufacturing of paints and coatings for the furniture, construction and automotive sectors.

Paint application in the building construction, shipbuilding and automotive industries account for as much as 80% of Japan’s butac demand.

By: Trisha Huang

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