Japan's MRC, Lucite to develop bio-based MMA production tech

09 November 2011 10:27  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Rayon Co (MRC) and its UK-based subsidiary Lucite International have begun to jointly develop technology to produce sustainable biomass-based methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer, the Japanese chemical producer said on Wednesday.

The companies plan to start producing MMA monomer using biomass as feedstock by 2016, MRC said in a statement.

They aim to produce 50% of MRC’s MMA monomer output using biomass, it added.

The companies will develop two new sustainable production methods. The first involves technology using biomass as feedstock in the existing production processes, while the second involves completely new technology using the fermentation process of biomass, MRC said.

MRC currently produces MMA monomer using two methods: the C4 direct oxidisation process that uses isobutylene as feedstock, and the ACH process that uses acetone and hydrogen cyanide as feedstocks, according to the company’s website.

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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