Acetic Acid KBR will market Chiyoda's Acetic Acid Technology

Editor: M.A. Manja Wühr

The engineering, construction and services company KBR has signed an agreement with Chiyoda, a leading engineering and construction firm in Japan, to license its CT-Acetica technology.

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Flow Sheet of the Acetica Process
Flow Sheet of the Acetica Process
(Picture: Chiyoda)

Houston, Texas/USA — KBR has entered into a alliance afreement for licensing Chiyoda's proprietary process technology to produce acetic acid (CT-Acetica process). Chiyoda developed the CT-Acetica process, a methanol-carbonylation process that uses methanol and carbon monoxide as feedstock to produce acetic acid. The process employs a heterogeneous catalyst for the efficient production of acetic acid.

Accorging to the companies the process has several advantages including:

  • the easy-to-handle catalyst,
  • limited loss of precious rhodium,
  • efficient reactor,
  • low content of by-products, and
  • relatively low corrosivity.

Acetic acid is used in the production of paints and coatings, plastic bottles, adhesives and disinfectants.

Growing Market Demand for Acetic Acid

“KBR’s vast global marketing channels will provide Chiyoda increased opportunities to license their technology,” said Stuart Bradie, KBR President and CEO. “This technology adds to our already extensive chemicals technology portfolio.”

KBR has been expanding its global presence in the technology business where it lines up a variety of technologies and actively conducts marketing and sales activities for licensing and engineering services of such technologies. In the growing market demand for acetic acid, Chiyoda is aiming to utilize KBR's worldwide network and to expand licensing opportunities of CT-Acetica process globally.