27 September 2013 06:41 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Isu Chem and China’s Dong Ming Petrochemical have completed trial operations at their joint venture (JV) methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) plant at Heze, Shandong, a company source said late on Thursday.
The 40,000 tonne/year MEK plant was completed in August 2013 after two years of work and was now running at 70% of capacity during the trial run, the source said.
“The trial operation was on schedule to be completed in September and we are now doing further preparation work,” the source added in Mandarin.
The company aims to ramp up operations to 100% of capacity gradually so as to ensure production is stable, the source said.
MEK acts as a low-boiling solvent for nitrocellulose, acrylic and vinyl surface coatings, with over half of global MEK demand coming from the paints and coatings industry.
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