Methyl Ethyl Ketone Prices
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Introduction. Intratec provides Methyl Ethyl Ketone prices in several countries, as follows:
About Methyl Ethyl Ketone. Methyl Ethyl Ketone (a.k.a. MEK, Butanone) is an organic compound, in the ketone class. It is a colorless liquid with pleasant pungent/sweet odor. MEK is found naturally only in traces, although it is produced in large scale. For its high polarity, butanone’s main use is as an industrial solvent.
Chemical Formula. C4H8O
Commercial Grades. Pure/HPLC grade (min. 99.5% purity); technical grade (min. 99% purity); industrial grade (min. 90% purity)
Uses. Methyl Ethyl Ketone is mainly employed in the production of paints; lacquers; adhesives; paint removers; printing inks; nitrocellulose; acrylic coatings; vinyl films; cement; magnetic tapes; production of a range of polymers; in organic synthesis; cleaning fluids; manufacturing of smokeless powder; catalyst carrier; metal degreasing; lube oil dewaxing; and synthetic flavoring agent.
- 2-Butanol (dehydrogenation, catalyzed by bronze, copper or zinc)
- Fischer-Tropsch mixture (fractionation, resulting in 2-butanol, followed by oxidation)
Derivatives. Methyl Ethyl Ketone is used as raw material in the production of the following derivates: acetoin; diacetyl; ethionamide; ethosuximide; methyl ethyl ketomixe; methylionone; methylpentynol; and silthiofam.
Methodology. The chemicals pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Chemicals Pricing Data Methodology.
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