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Mitsui Chemicals Switches IPA Production from Propylene to Acetone Feedstock

3:23 AM MDT | August 30, 2011 | Natasha Alperowicz

Mitsui Chemicals has announced plans to replace isopropyl alcohol (IPA) production based on propylene feedstock at its Osaka works with a new plant based on acetone, a product the company makes within its phenol operations. The company will replace a 28,000-m.t./year IPA plant based on propylene with a 60,000-m.t./year IPA facility, using acetone as raw material. Mitsui Chemicals says the project will cost an estimated Y3 billion and will be completed in 2013.  The company will use inhouse technology and proprietary high activity catalyst. IPA is a solvent...

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