CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY

KBR and Mura Technology Announce First Plastics Recycling Technology Contract with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

KBR, Mura | June 19, 2021

KBR and Mura Technology announced today the first joint contract award for its plastics recycling technology, Hydro-PRT℠, with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) in Japan.

Developed by Mura and licensed exclusively by KBR, Hydro-PRT employs a unique patented process utilizing supercritical steam to convert all types of plastics into commercial products that can be used to produce new plastics to deliver a truly circular economy.

"We are thrilled to announce our first global license with KBR," said Dr. Steve Mahon, CEO of Mura Technology.  "Our technology offers a differentiated, proven, and scalable solution to companies seeking to achieve an immediate impact towards their ESG objectives and we look forward to working closely with the MCC team to help them establish early leadership in reaching their circularity goals."

"KBR is proud to be Mura's exclusive licensing partner for this breakthrough technology," said Doug Kelly, KBR President, Technology.  "Over the past few months, we have seen tremendous interest in Hydro-PRT from many leading companies worldwide and we are excited by MCC's decision to be an early adopter to achieve their sustainability objectives."

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. At KBR, We Deliver.

About Mura Technology
Mura Technology's mission is to eliminate global plastic pollution and create sustainable societies.
We are pioneering a globally scalable technology to prevent millions of tonnes of plastic and carbon from entering our natural environment every year and turning an $120 billion lost resource of plastic waste into a valuable global commodity. Our technology can recycle all plastic waste, and produces the ingredients for brand new products, reducing the need for new and fossil-fuel-derived plastics.

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Chimei | April 21, 2022

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CAS applies AI-driven approach in collaboration with INPI Brazil to transform patent examinations

CAS | March 22, 2022

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Asahi Kasei to Start Providing Carbon Footprint Data for Synthetic Rubber and Elastomers

Asahi Kasei | May 13, 2022

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RAW MATERIALS

Clariant completes sale of its Pigments business

Clariant International Ltd | January 04, 2022

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Chemicals are in everything we see, and the reactions between them can look like anything from rust on a spoon to an explosion on your stovetop. But why do these reactions happen in the first place? Kareem Jarrah answers this question by examining the two underlying forces that drive both endothermic and exothermic chemical reactions: enthalpy and entropy.

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