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Ube to Restart MEK Oxime Production Next Month

7:15 AM MDT | May 20, 2011 | Deepti Ramesh

Ube Industries says that it will restart its methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) oxime production in June. A shortage of MEK, resulting from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, forced the company to shut down production and shipments of MEK oxime at its facility at Ube in Yamaguchi prefecture. MEK is the main raw material for MEK oxime. Ube says it can now secure the necessary MEK, including through imports. The company will restart production of MEK Oxime in early June, beginning with an operating rate of 50% and will aim to operate at full capacity...

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