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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.

Muttenz – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announced today the expansion of the capacity of its ethylene oxide (EO) unit in Gendorf, Germany. The investment positions Clariant to continue its successful development of innovative EO-based specialties to support a wide range of industries, such as personal and home care, crop solutions, and industrial applications. No further details of the investment will be disclosed.

“As a globally leading company for specialty chemicals, Clariant continues to invest also in our production network in Europe. I am confident that this sizeable expansion will support our strategic goal of intensifying profitable growth in both developed and emerging markets”, said Christian Kohlpaintner, member of Clariant's Executive Committee. 

The expansion of Clariant’s state-of-the-art facilities at Gendorf will enable higher production yields, greater process reliability and enhanced product quality. An increase of High Purified Ethylene Oxide (HPEO) is expected to be available from 2020. João Tavares Correia, Head of the RBL EMEA region, Business Unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties at Clariant, comments: “We are pleased to announce this strategic investment for Gendorf committing to the long-term growth of our customers across our different markets. With this capacity increase of High Purified Ethylene Oxide (HPEO), Clariant will continue to expand its market driven innovative portfolio of EO-based specialties.”