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Shell chemicals companies produce many ketones out of propylene and butylene, covering the whole range of volatilities. Examples are acetone, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) and di-isobutyl ketone (DIBK).
What are ketones?
Ketones are water clear, highly mobile liquids with a characteristic odour. They are chemically very stable. Due to the carbonyl group, ketones are hydrogen acceptors and have an outstanding solvency. Shell chemicals companies produce many ketones out of propylene and butylene, covering the whole range of volatilities. Examples are acetone, MEK, MIBK and DIBK.
How are ketones used?
Ketones are used in surface coatings, adhesives, thinners, printing inks and cleaning agents. Other industrial uses are in pharmaceuticals, extraction, dewaxing, and as chemical intermediates (MMA, Bisphenol A and isophorone).
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Broad product line: Our wide range of solvents enables us to cover most - if not all – solvents customer requirements. In this way we can help to rationalise and reduce the costs of procurement.
Global security of supply: Shell Chemicals are leading global suppliers of solvents, with strategically located plants offering continuous long term supply.
Consistency of product quality: long term production experience and development of proprietary Shell processes delivers product of high quality and consistency.
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Experienced support staff: Shell Chemicals have in-depth knowledge of solvents products, their applications, and health, safety and environment issues. Local sales staff are well trained to identify and meet customer business needs.