MEK outage in Japan has global consequences

BOSWELL, CLAY; Lin, Yeow Pei; Lee, Helen; Victory, Mark; Terry, Larry
April 2011
ICIS Chemical Business;4/18/2011, Vol. 279 Issue 14, p20
Trade Publication
The article presents information on how the March 2011 earthquake in Japan took off Asia's key supplier of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), from the market. The 170,000 tonne/year plant of Maruzen Petrochemical Co. Ltd. in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, was damaged severely, by the disaster. According to market sources, the company's return to production might take longer than a year. It is stated that MEK production capacity in China has been growing rapidly.


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