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Mitsubishi Chemicals will build a research plant for the production of factory MMA monomers – Chemical Engineering

Mary Paige Bailey

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC; Tokyo) and its subsidiary Mitsubishi Chemical Methacrylates (MCM) have developed a technology for the production of MMA monomers (methyl methacrylate), which uses plant-based materials, and began designing an experimental plant.

Two companies (Group) define MMA monomers produced by the following three methods as “Sustainable MMA” and work on the development of their production technology:

  1. Molecular processing that collects, decomposes and reuses used acrylic resin *
  2. A new production technology that uses vegetable raw materials for the existing MMA monomer production process
  3. New production technology for direct production of MMA monomers from vegetable raw materials by fermentation

Promising results using the № 2 method prompted the MCC to begin the process of designing a new pilot plant. The use of vegetable raw materials in the existing process will allow the production of MMA using 100% bioproductive carbon. The pilot plant will be commissioned in fiscal 2023, and after demonstrating the viability of the technology, its goal is to apply it to existing commercial-scale enterprises in 2026.

The group is also developing innovative catalysts and processes to improve performance in existing MMA monomer production technologies, seeking to reduce environmental impact by reducing energy consumption and emissions during production.

MMA is a raw material for acrylic resin used in car lights, signage, aquarium tanks, paints, building materials and many other items. Global demand for MMA has exceeded 3.6 million tons and is expected to continue to grow at the same level as GDP in each country.

MCC will develop the capacity of this business, work with stakeholders around the world to reduce the burden on the environment throughout the supply chain and seek to actively manage efforts to implement a circular economy.

https://www.chemengonline.com/mitsubishi-chemicals-to-build-pilot-plant-for-plant-based-mma-monomers/ Mitsubishi Chemicals will build a research plant for the production of factory MMA monomers – Chemical Engineering

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