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Physical characteristics Key technical properties Value/unit  Main applications
Evaporation rate: Medium Purity min 98% m/m Paints & Coatings
Solvency Power:  High Water content 0.03% m/m Inks & dyes
Impurities: Low Acidity 0.001% m/m Mining
Odour: Medium Boiling point 132°C Lubeoils & hydraulic fluids
- Flash point 41°C Extraction
- - - Plasticisers
- - - Cleaning

Product overview

Alcohols are versatile chemical solvents used in a wide range of industrial and consumer applications. They are miscible with most other organic solvents and partially miscible in water.

MIBC is a colourless stable liquid with a medium odour. It has good solvent power for dissolving oils, waxes, gums, natural resins and cellulose but may also be used as a latent solvent within a solvent blend to alter performance characteristics such as drying/curing and viscosity/flow.

Applications where MIBC may be used include surface coatings, thinners, printing inks, adhesives, cosmetics, toiletries and cleaners. It may also be used in pharmaceuticals applications, for the extraction of vitamins and minerals, as wetting agents in lithographic printing and as chemical intermediates. MIBC can also be used in the production of lube oil additives, hydraulic fluids and plasticisers.

Technical Datasheet Europe/Africa Americas Asia-Pacific
Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol (MIBC) Datasheet Not sold Datasheet

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Minimum order size

Deliveries by road should involve fully loaded trucks of minimum 22 tonnes made up of one product. If you collect the product from our site the minimum order size is 18 tonnes.


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