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KBR and Johnson Matthey sign Alliance Agreement to License Innovative Production Technology

KBR | August 23, 2021

KBR announced today that it has signed an alliance agreement with Johnson Matthey (JM) to license the FORMOX™ Integrated UFC Technology.

The innovative iUFC technology consists of JM's methanol and UFC (Urea Formaldehyde Concentrate) production processes integrated with KBR's proprietary ammonia process, either as part of new installations or as retrofits for existing units, enabling low-cost production of UFC for higher grade urea.

"Following our successful alliance for ammonia–methanol coproduction with JM last year, KBR is excited to offer the iUFC process for new and existing fertilizer complexes to efficiently upgrade their end products," said Doug Kelly, KBR President, Technology. "With KBR's market leading ammonia technology, this offering will allow integrated fertilizer complexes to upgrade their urea quality for maximizing crop yields while ensuring the lowest carbon footprint."

"We are extremely proud to deepen our ongoing alliance with KBR by offering this comprehensive UFC technology solution," said John Gordon, Managing Director for Johnson Matthey. "Our partnership highlights how uniquely positioned the companies are to integrate this technology into both new and established ammonia plants. Customers will benefit from enhanced performance, operational agility and reduced environmental impact."

Both KBR's ammonia technology and JM's methanol and formaldehyde/UFC technology showcase a long history, deep experience, continuous improvements, and cutting-edge performance. Since the 1940s, KBR has licensed, engineered, and constructed more than 244 ammonia plants worldwide. JM has supplied the methanol and formaldehyde industry with leading technology and catalysts for over 45 years and has licensed over 100 grassroot methanol plants and over 190 formaldehyde plants for formaldehyde production, of which approximately 20% have UFC capability.

About KBR
We deliver science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world. KBR employs approximately 29,000 people worldwide with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries.KBR is proud to work with its customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, and long- term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results.

About JM
Johnson Matthey is a global leader in science that enables a cleaner and healthier world. With over 200 years of sustained commitment to innovation and technological breakthroughs, we improve the performance, function and safety of our customers' products and in 2020 we received the London Stock Exchange's Green Economy Mark, given to companies that derive more than 50% of revenues from environmental solutions. Our science has a global impact in areas such as low emission transport, pharmaceuticals, chemical processing and making the most efficient use of the planet's natural resources. Today more than 15,000 Johnson Matthey professionals collaborate with our network of customers and partners to make a real difference to the world around us.


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