CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES
Prnewswire | April 21, 2023
Lummus Technology, a global provider of process technologies and value-driven energy solutions, announced the startup of Shenghong Refining & Chemical Co., Ltd.'s 2,800 kMTA paraxylene unit. The grassroots unit, which is the world's largest double reslurry paraxylene crystallization unit, is part of Shenghong's refining and petrochemical integrated project in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China.
"We are grateful for Shenghong Refining & Chemical Co.'s continued confidence in Lummus and for their close partnership throughout this project, "said Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology. "Designing and starting up a unit of this size and scale requires innovation, and a commitment to excellence and collaboration. This milestone will allow our customer to produce paraxylene using technology that is energy efficient, offers lower capital and operating costs, and enhances reliability and optimization."
In 2017, Lummus executed an agreement with Shenghong Refining & Chemical Co. to provide the paraxylene technology license, process design services and operator training and startup services. In addition, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) has provided multiple hydrocracking technologies, plus hydrotreating and delayed coking technologies for Shenghong at the same complex.
Lummus is the exclusive worldwide licensor of INEOS Aromatics' paraxylene technology, a unique process employing stage crystallization for paraxylene recovery. The technology uses a novel crystallization step and other features that leads to energy efficiency and low capital and operating costs. Paraxylene is an intermediate in the manufacturing of polyester, a polymer used for a variety of applications, from fibers to engineering plastics.
About Lummus Technology
Lummus Technology is the global leader in developing technology solutions that make modern life possible and focus on a more sustainable, low carbon future. We license process technologies in clean fuels, renewables, petrochemicals, polymers, gas processing and supply lifecycle services, catalysts, proprietary equipment and digitalization to customers worldwide.
CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
Businesswire | April 20, 2023
Origin Materials, Inc. the world’s leading carbon negative materials company with a mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials, and the Green Chemistry Division (“GCD”) of the Minafin Group (“Minafin”), a global fine chemical company, today announced a new commercial arrangement whereby Minafin will become Origin’s manufacturing partner for the downstream supply chain of Origin 1, Origin’s first commercial manufacturing plant.
The initiative, which expands on the companies’ previously announced strategic partnership to industrialize sustainable chemicals, aims to further build on the strengths of Origin’s patented technology platform, which turns the carbon found in sustainable wood residues into useful materials, and Minafin’s manufacturing capability, supply chain strength, and deep expertise in furanic specialty products.
As part of the manufacturing initiative, CMF produced by Origin at Origin 1 will be delivered to Minafin, which will convert CMF into downstream intermediates and products. The initiative is expected to position the companies’ complementary technologies to grow the value of the bio-based supply chain for high-value chemicals and materials including bio-based PET.
“Origin’s expanded relationship with the Green Chemistry Division of Minafin represents a key milestone in our mission to transition the world to sustainable materials,” said Origin Materials Co-CEO Rich Riley. “This partnership strengthens our supply chain at Origin 1, enhances our ability to leverage our versatile platform technology, and supports our commercialization strategy of developing higher-value applications for our intermediates. Minafin’s GCD team offers a valuable skill set and fully integrated capabilities in Memphis, Tennessee, seamlessly linking R&D, scale-up, engineering, and production. We are grateful to deepen our relationship with Minafin, with whom we share a common vision for the role that sustainable, carbon-negative materials can play in creating value worldwide.”
“We appreciate that the partnership with Origin Materials recognizes the Minafin GCD team, capabilities, and position as a global leader in furanic chemicals and materials. We are delighted to support Origin’s scale-up of their groundbreaking technology for converting biomass to value-added materials,” said Frederic Gauchet, Founder & President Minafin Group. “Minafin and Origin Materials are both deeply committed to accelerating the commercialization of bio-based and carbon-negative products to customers worldwide.”
About Origin Materials
Headquartered in West Sacramento, Origin Materials is the world's leading carbon negative materials company. Origin’s mission is to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials. For over a decade, Origin has developed a platform for turning the carbon found in inexpensive, plentiful, non-food biomass such as sustainable wood residues into useful materials while capturing carbon in the process. Origin’s patented technology platform can help revolutionize the production of a wide range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tires, carpeting, toys, fuels, and more with a ~$1 trillion addressable market. In addition, Origin’s technology platform is expected to provide stable pricing largely decoupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues. Origin’s patented drop-in core technology, economics and carbon impact are supported by a growing list of major global customers and investors.
CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY, CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT
Cabot Corporation | March 06, 2023
Cabot Corporation has introduced E2C™ DX9660, an innovative solution that offers enhanced rubber durability and high abrasion resistance. This new product provides a 30% increase in abrasion resistance compared to traditional compounds, expanding Cabot's portfolio of E2C solutions for on-road commercial tire and industrial rubber product applications. Cabot has also completed its first-ever life cycle assessment (LCA) of an E2C solution in an on-road truck tire application, demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and reducing environmental impact.
The rubber industry is under pressure to reduce environmental impact and increase sustainability benefits throughout the lifecycle of its products. This has resulted in global demand for solutions that increase raw material efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize end-of-life product waste. Cabot Corporation's E2C solutions offer pre-mixed composites that maximize the performance of primary raw materials, resulting in significant reductions in net emissions from end products. These solutions can also reduce Scope 2 GHG emissions during tire and rubber production.
Cabot's newly launched DX9660 product complements its E2C™ DX9640 solution. The DX9640 solution reduces energy loss, a significant factor in rolling resistance while providing excellent abrasion resistance. In a recent on-road tire test, the DX9640 decreased rolling resistance by more than 10% and increased tire tread durability by 12% compared to standard compounds. By reducing energy loss and increasing tire tread life, the DX9640 solution can help reduce fuel consumption in vehicle fleets, leading to lower greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing the amount of end-of-life tire waste.
Cabot Corporation's commitment to sustainability has led them to complete a life cycle assessment (LCA) to evaluate the environmental impact of their E2C solutions in commercial tire treads. The assessment showed that their E2C DX9640 solution could significantly reduce emissions and environmental impacts. Key findings from the LCA include up to a 6% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through lower rolling resistance and an over 10% decrease in net emissions from tire production due to more excellent tire durability.
About Cabot Corporation
Cabot Corporation is a worldwide specialty chemicals and performance materials company based in Boston, Massachusetts. It offers a diverse range of products and solutions that cater to industries such as automotive, aerospace, construction, and healthcare. Cabot operates in more than 20 countries and employs over 3,000 people worldwide. Its focus is on creating value for stakeholders while reducing environmental impact. The company is committed to sustainability and invests in innovative solutions to drive long-term growth. It has a strong reputation for quality and innovation in its field and continues to expand its capabilities.