Japan’s KH Neochem runs MIBK plant at 100% after restart

14 May 2013 07:54  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japan’s KH Neochem is running its 15,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Yokkaichi in Mie prefecture at 100% capacity after restarting it in early May, a company official said on Tuesday.

The producer restarted its MIBK plant in the week of 6 May, after completing a scheduled annual maintenance that began in mid-March.

The plant is running at 100% capacity. However, KH Neochem will adjust its MIBK output in accordance with market conditions, the official added.

KH Neochem is the smallest of three MIBK makers in Japan.

The other producers are Mitsui Chemicals and Mitsubishi Chemical, which can produce 30,000 tonnes/year and 20,000 tonnes/year of MIBK, respectively.

By: Trisha Huang

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