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Clariant expands R&D capacity of catalysts facility in California

June 26/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant says that it is doubling the R&D capacity of the Palo Alto, California, facility of the company's catalysts business. The investment includes extending the facility’s high-throughput equipment and expanding the team of technical experts, Clariant says, said Chemweek.

The upgrade is expected to accelerate catalyst discovery and development, and overall time-to-market by 3-4 years, the company says.
“Increasing our capacity allows us to boost both productivity and innovation, which will result in faster development of catalysts for our customers. We are also accelerating our work to advance the state-of-the-art in high-throughput technologies, especially in supporting catalyst scale-up and production,” says Anthony Volpe, head of Clariant’s Palo Alto R&D center.

Clariant’s center at Palo Alto was established in 2009 and focuses exclusively on high-throughput catalyst R&D. The investment enhances the ability to experiment up to 100 times faster than traditional practices, through the addition of hardware, robotics, automated procedures, and specialized software, including machine learning and other artificial intelligence tools, the company says.

As MRC reported earlier, in June 2020, TechnipFMC and Clariant Catalysts entered into a joint development agreement for the demonstration and commercialisation of Clariant’s new state-of-the-art AcryloMax propylene ammoxidation catalyst for the production of acrylonitrile (ACN).

Besides, in May 2020, Clariant’s CATOFIN catalysts was selected by Advanced Global Investment Co. (AGIC), a joint venture between Advanced Petrochemical Company (APC) and SK Group, to build a PDH facility in the Middle East.

Propylene is the main feedstock for the production of polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 347,440 tonnes in January-April 2020 (calculated by the formula production minus export plus import). Supply exclusively of PP random copolymer increased.

Clariant AG is a Swiss chemical company and a world leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the textile, printing, mining and metallurgical industries. It is engaged in processing crude oil products in pigments, plastics and paints.

Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, PP, PE, petrochemistry, Clariant International.
Category:General News
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