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China: MA Catalysts Clariant Boosts Production of Maleic Anhydride Catalysts

Editor: Alexander Stark

Clariant will significantly expand the capacity of its catalysts production facility in Panjin, Liaoning province, Northeast China. A double-digit million dollar investment is to further optimize the existing facility and enable the creation of a new state-of-the-art production line for Syn Dane maleic anhydride (MA) catalyst.

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Clariant’s production complex in Panjin, Liaoning province – the location of the expanded state-of-the-art maleic anhydride catalyst plant.
Clariant’s production complex in Panjin, Liaoning province – the location of the expanded state-of-the-art maleic anhydride catalyst plant.
(Source: Clariant)

Muttenz/Switzerland — Asia-Pacific, and especially China, is a main growth market for Clariant. Therefore, the company continues to enhance its presence and customer proximity in the region, said Hans Bohnen, Clariant's Chief Operating Officer. The investment in the catalyst production facility in Panjin project is to allow customers to meet the growing global demand for MA, as production is expected to jump from 1.75 million tons in 2018 to 2.07 million tons in 2022. MA is a fundamental component of polymers and coatings used in the construction, automotive, marine, and energy industries.

The company's Syn Dane catalysts are optimized for cost-efficient MA production via selective oxidation of n-butane in fixed-bed tubular reactors. Due to their microstructure and chemical composition, they increase yield, selectivity and operating stability. This reduces the formation of by-products (such as acrylic acid and acetic acid) as well as their downstream polymerization, thus minimizing downtime for equipment.

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Since 2007, the company has produced Syn Dane MA catalysts at the Panjin plant as a joint venture with North Huajin Chemical Industries Group Corporation, one of China’s leading petrochemical companies. The production site in Panjin engages more than 140 employees in manufacturing catalysts and adsorbents for the production of butane-based maleic anhydride, ammonia, hydrogen, and methanol, as well as other applications.

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