PODCAST: Global MEK demand weak, outlook unclear

ICIS Editorial


LONDON (ICIS)–Demand for methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is generally weak globally due to wider economic constraints. The end of China’s zero-Covid policy may result in increased consumption.  Any significant pick up in demand is not expected until the middle of 2023.

Europe editor Nick Cleeve speaks to Asia-Pacific editor, Julia Tan, and US editor, Larry Terry, about MEK market conditions across these regions.

MEK’s main application is as a solvent, with half of global demand derived from the paints and coatings industry. MEK can also be used in rubber-based industrial cements, printing inks and in textile dyes.


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