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Methyl ethyl ketone(MEK)
Jan 21, 2018

Methyl ethyl ketone(MEK) is a liquid solvent used in surface coatings, adhesives, printing inks, chemical intermediates, magnetic tapes and lube oil dewaxing agents. Methyl ethyl ketone(MEK) also is used as an extraction medium for fats, oils, waxes and resins.  Methyl ethyl ketone(MEK)  is a highly efficient and versatile solvent for surface coatings.  Because of its effectiveness as a solvent, Methyl ethyl ketone(MEK) is especially valuable in formulating high solids coatings, which help to reduce emissions from coating operations.  Methyl ethyl ketone(MEK) is a natural component of many foods, including apple juice, beans, chicken, honey and a variety of cheeses. Synonyms for Methyl ethyl ketone(MEK)  are 2-butanone, ethyl methyl ketone, and methyl acetone.

Over 50 % of the demand for Methyl ethyl ketone stems from the paints and coatings industry as a low viscosity solution can be obtained without it affecting the film properties of the product.  These lacquers are used in the automotive, electrical goods, and furniture industries.

Methyl ethyl ketone(MEK) is also used in the manufacture of plastics and textiles, the manufacture of printing inks, and also in rubber-based industrial cements.  Methyl ethyl ketone(MEK) is also used in the chemical industry as it is a precursor to methyl ethyl ketone peroxide which is itself used as a catalyst to initiate the polymerisation of polyester resins used in fibre-glass reinforced products.


Methyl ethyl ketone(MEK) is packed in drums.  It should be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area that is free form the risk of ignition as it is highly flammable.  For transportation purposes methyl ethyl ketone is classified as packing group II and hazard class 3 and has a flash point of -9° C (closed cup) and a specific gravity of 0.81.  It is also an irritant.


now as the chinese lunar new year is coming, the shipping space is tight, so the sea freight charge is higher; so if the orders can be confirmed on or before next week, we can arrange the shipments in early February, otherwise, the shipment dates will be in early March.


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