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KBR and Mura Technology sign first plastics recycling technology contract with Mitsubishi Chemical

June 18/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) - KBR and Mura Technology have announced the first joint contract award for its plastics recycling technology, Hydro-PRT, with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) in Japan, according to CISION.

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.

"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."

As MRC reported earlier, in April 2021, Origin Materials, Inc., the worlds leading carbon negative materials company, and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, Inc., a global leader in basic and fine chemicals and advanced materials, announced a partnership to industrialize and manufacture advanced chemicals and materials built on the Origin Materials technology platform.

We remind that Mitsubishi Chemical Corp (MCC) consolidated its headquarter functions for its global methyl methacrylate (MMA) business in Singapore, and renamed its major MMA subsidiaries to Mitsubishi Chemical Methacrylates, effective 1 April, 2021. The move is aimed at optimising the company's global product supply network by utilising digital technologies that connect regional production, costs and supply and demand.

The main application, consuming approximately 75% MMA, is in the production of polymethyl methacrylate acrylic plastics (PMMA). Methyl methacrylate is also used to produce methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymer (MBS), used as a modifier for polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PVC production reached 346,100 tonnes in the first four months of 2021, down 1% year on year. All producers decreased production volumes over the reported period, with the exception of the Bashkir Soda Company.

Mitsubishi Chemical, as a core operating company of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group,seeks to provide solutions to environmental and social issues and to contribute to the sustainable development of people, society and the Earth through its businesses built on a foundation of chemistry. The company boasts a broad range of products, from basic chemicals such as methanol, xylene, and hydrogen peroxide to high-performance products such as engineering plastics, foamed plastics, etc.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PVC, SPVC, petrochemistry, recikling, MMA (metilmetakrilat), Mitsubishi Chemical, sustainable development, Japan.
Category:General News
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