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Petrochemicals

Matthey, Eastman sign first license for coal-to-ethylene glycol processes

by Jean-François Tremblay
September 28, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 39

 

Johnson Matthey and Eastman Chemical have signed up China’s Jiutai New Material as the first licensee of their jointly developed coal-to-ethylene glycol process. Jiutai will use Matthey technology to turn coal-derived syngas into methanol and then formaldehyde. The partners’new technology turns formaldehyde into ethylene glycol, avoiding the usual feedstock ethylene. Jiutai’s plant will have glycol capacity of 1 million metric tons per year. With a capacity of 1.5 million metric tons, the formaldehyde plant will be one of the world’s largest.

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