Eastman and JM Davy develop advanced proprietary technology producing ethylene glycol from synthesis gas-based feed stocks

23-Oct-13
Eastman Chemical Company, in conjunction with Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies Limited (JM Davy), has developed advanced proprietary technology for the production of ethylene glycol from synthesis gas-based feed stocks. Ethylene glycol, commonly referred to as mono ethylene glycol (MEG), is a key industrial chemical and is also a building block in the production of polyesters for fiber and packaging applications. This new technology enables the production of MEG from a variety of raw materials, including coal, natural gas, or biomass and is based on new, proprietary catalysts and process design developed by Eastman and JM Davy. Unlike other recent syngas based processes, this new technology does not go through oxalate intermediates. Extensive pilot plant demonstration of the new process is nearing completion and dialogue is underway for the first demonstration. "This world-class technology is well positioned to enable global growth for ethylene glycol, a key industrial product," said Dr. Gregory W. Nelson, Eastman's senior vice president and chief technology officer. "The combined expertise of Eastman and JM Davy in synthesis gas chemistry enabled our best process and catalyst scientists to create a superior technology and bring it to market for licensing." "This state of the art technology complements JM Davy's portfolio of licensed technologies including syngas and methanol technologies and provides a unique opportunity for customers to enter the MEG market", said Antoine Bordet, managing director of JM Davy.
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