Japan: Mitsubishi Forms Business Tie-Up Zeolite Membranes for Bioethanol Production

Editor: Alexander Stark

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service, a subsidiary of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, have agreed to form a business tie-up to produce and sell zeolite membranes.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Group Science and Technology Research Center, Inc., Yokohama.
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Tokyo/Japan – Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service, a subsidiary of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, have agreed to form a business tie-up to produce and sell zeolite membranes. Mitsui Zosen has produced and marketed A-type zeolite membranes since 1998, and its products have been adopted in over 70 plants. Due to A-type zeolite membrane’s strong dehydration performance, it has been adopted in industrial alcohol solvent collection systems and bioethanol water-removal processes.

With the goal of entering new markets and expanding sales, Mitsubishi Chemical will purchase Mitsui's entire output of zeolite membranes and hold the sole sales rights in the U.S. and other global markets. Their agreement also provides proposals for new dehydration processes that will draw upon both companies' technologies.

The companies have already started joint marketing of a dehydration system using Zebrex zeolite membranes in combination with A-type zeolite membranes and CHA-type zeolite membranes developed by Mitsubishi Chemical for bioethanol production processes in the U.S., along with Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation.

In the U.S. market, MCC will incorporate its marketing through the industrial gas sales network of Taiyo’s wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Matheson Tri-Gas.

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