Chemetry and Braskem to build EDC Demonstration Plant based on breakthrough chemical production technology

Prnewswire | August 20, 2020

Chemetry, a technology innovation company dedicated to the development of environmentally sustainable chemical processes with superior economics, and Braskem, the leading producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, will construct and operate a Demonstration Plant using Chemetry's eShuttle® technology for the production of ethylene dichloride (EDC) in Brazil.  The eShuttle® EDC Process uses a unique metal halide ion process to produce high purity EDC, a commodity chemical used primarily for PVC production, without the generation of chlorine gas. The process significantly reduces electrical power consumption and production costs compared to the latest generation chlor-alkali processes. The eShuttle® technology has been pioneered in Chemetry's state of the art laboratories and fully integrated pilot plant in Moss Landing, California.

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