Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans 15 Nov MIBK plant restart

12 November 2013 01:59  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Japanese producer Mitsui Chemicals plans to restart its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works in Yamaguchi prefecture on around 15 November after completing a scheduled turnaround, a company official said on Tuesday.

The timing is in accordance with the company’s earlier schedule.

The producer took the plant off line on 1 October for annual maintenance.

It will take some time to rebuild its MIBK inventories. For this reason, Mitsui Chemicals is not in a position to offer spot material immediately, the company official added.

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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