Mitsui Chemicals produce acetone-based isopropyl alcohol in Japan

Mitsui Chemicals to produce acetone-based isopropyl alcohol in Japan

3:59 AM, 31st August 2011
Mitsui Chemicals to produce acetone-based isopropyl alcohol in Japan


TOKYO, JAPAN: Mitsui Chemicals Inc, positions strengthening its phenol chain operations as a fundamental strategy in the expansion of five highly competitive world-leading businesses on a global scale.

Mitsui Chemicals will switch production of IPA from propylene processes to acetone processes using proprietary highly active catalyst technology. The switchover will form the cornerstone of a new production framework for stable supply of IPA domestically and to Asian markets.

As a specific measure, the company will suspend operation of manufacturing facilities for isopropyl alcohol (IPA) from propylene and construct facilities for production of IPA from acetone, a product of the company’s phenol chain operations.

As IPA has minor environmental burden, demand continues to expand in line with Asia’s growing GDP. Shortages in raw material propylene are predicted, resulting in unstable supply and higher prices. As European and American markets favour light feed petrochemicals, continued high prices for propylene are forecasted. IPA exports to Asia from Europe and the US are expected to continue to fall.

Establishment of a new IPA plant using acetone will strengthen the company’s competitiveness and customer trust. Addition of a new derivative to the phenol chain will support global expansion.

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