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methyl ether ketone

10:47 AM MDT | July 23, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Prices U.S.: 61 cts-64 cts/lb del. EUROPE: €940-950/m.t. del. ASIA/PACIFIC: $1,250-$1,300/m.t. c&f, spot Outlook Worldwide methyl ether ketone (MEK) capacity is about 1.4 million m.t./year, more than half of which is in Japan, Western Europe, and the U.S., says Elvira Greiner, consultant at SRI Consulting (SRIC; Menlo Park, CA). Worldwide MEK demand is forecast to grow at 3.5% over next five years, to 1.3 million m.t. by 2010, SRIC says. Demand growth will be driven by China, the largest single consumer. Chinese demand is projected to grow at 8.5%/year...

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