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6 February 2019

Braskem and Haldor Topsoe start up demo unit for developing renewable MEG

The mechanical completion of the innovative first process step of the demonstration plant is the first milestone to be achieved by Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s partnership to validate the MOSAIK™ sugar-to-biochemicals solution for production of cost-competitive bio-based MEG (monoethylene glycol). Currently, MEG is made from fossil-based feedstocks, such as naphtha, gas or coal. The demonstration plant is expected to produce more than 100 tons per year of glycolaldehyde, the precursor for MEG, when it begins operation on March 1, 2019. MEG is a key component of PET plastic used for food packaging, especially bottles, and polyester fabrics. The global MEG market represents a value of 25 billion dollars.

NIPPON SHOKUBAI EUROPE N.V. held a groundbreaking ceremony for new Superabsorbent Polymer (“SAP”) plant and Acrylic Acid (“AA”) plant in its plant site in Antwerp, Belgium on November 10th, 2015.

Since SAP, one of Nippon Shokubai’s core businesses, shows steady growth of demand as a key material of disposable diapers, Nippon Shokubai decided the expansion of SAP and its main raw material, AA, as announced in May this year.
In Europe, Nippon Shokubai expects the steady demand of SAP especially in Central and Eastern Europe. Nippon Shokubai will ensure more stable supply after the investment of not only SAP but also its main raw material, AA.
With this new plant at NSE, Nippon Shokubai group’s global SAP production capacity will be 710,000 metric tons per year (“T/Y”) and Nippon Shokubai will enhance its position as one of the world top suppliers of SAP.