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Dow and Johnson Matthey license INA technology in China

June 4, 2020
Chemical Value Chain

MOSCOW (MRC) — Dow, Inc. (Midland, Mich.) and Johnson Matthey (London, U.K.) announced that China-based company, Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical Ltd. (QXTD), has selected LP Oxo Technology to produce isononyl alcohol (INA) at its new manufacturing facility, said Chemengonline.

“QXTD will be the first in the industry to take advantage of our process technology for more sustainable INA production,” said Donna Babcock, global business director for Industrial Solutions, a business segment of Dow. “This technology requires a smaller manufacturing footprint and less energy consumption compared to typical INA production processes, without a loss in efficiency and throughput.”

INA is often used to make plasticizers of Diisononyl Phthalate (DINP), Diisononyl Adipate (DINA), and Triisononyl Trimellitate (TINTM). Primarily used in the PVC industry, products made using INA can be found in automotive, wire, cable, and conducting applications, among others. Given the evolving health and environmental regulations associated with downstream applications, INA is well positioned to grow above industry average with its unique properties that meet these needs.

“We are happy to have been able to finalize our license agreement despite the impacts of COVID-19”, said Mr. Zhang Jin, Chairman of Cedar Holdings, the parent group of QXTD. “This licensed process will differentiate us in the industry as we are able to bring new INA volume online to enable downstream products with improved health and environmental profiles.”

“JM science is put to work every day to enhance lives, create a positive contribution to a cleaner and heathier world, and help keep our economy going. This will be our 56th license of LP OXOSMTechnology in partnership with Dow, building on our current portfolio with our new INA process”, said John Gordon, Managing Director for Johnson Matthey. “We are committed to bringing value to QXTD and look forward to working with them through the design phase and commissioning of this innovative technology.”

The plant will be built at QXTD’s integrated petrochemical complex in Zibo City, China and will produce 200,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of INA. The plant operation is expected to come online in 2023.

As MRC informed earlier, in mid-May 2020, USA based Dow Chemical announced plans to shut three polyethylene (PE) plants in the USA and Argentina to avoid piling inventories amid sluggish global demand conditions due to the COVID-19 related lockdown.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, Russia’s estimated PE consumption totalled 557,060 tonnes in the first three month of 2020, up by 7% year on year. High density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments rose because of the increased capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim. Demand for LDPE subsided.

The Dow Chemical Company is an American multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, United States. Dow is a large producer of plastics, including polystyrene (PS), polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, and synthetic rubber.

By: Anna Larionova

Source: mrcplast

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