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Clariant has achieved a special mention in the Best Process Innovation category of the ICIS Innovation awards 2014 for its heat generating material (HGM) concept, proven to significantly improve the efficiency of CATOFIN on purpose olefin production units. The ICIS judges selected HGM for particular recognition because of its step change contribution to feedstock utilisation efficiency through increasing olefin selectively and yield by several percent. The new concept reduces the carbon emissions of a typical CATOFIN unit by several 10 000 t of CO2 per year. CATOFIN technology based on Clariant’s Houdry catalysts creates a reliable and les complex production process for on purpose olefins production with efficient energy consumption. Licensed through CB&I is the CATOFIN technology currently used in more than 30 propane and butane dehydrogenation plants around the world.

Stefan Heuser, Head of BU Catalysts, Clariant said, ‘shale gas development is creating significant need for on purpose olefin production, and with HGM we are offering step change improvements to the efficient CATOFIN technology. Several percentage of olefin yield improvement for CATOFIN plants translate into tremendous economic benefit. Further competitive advantages for our customers are brought through sustainability aspects of energy consumption and CO2 emission reduction.’


DuPont has announced that its 2015 Safety and Sustainability Award will be open to companies worldwide, rather than just those in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. DuPont Sustainable Solutions is now soliciting applications for the 2015 awards, which will be judged by a jury drawn from a range of respected safety, health and environment organisations. An application form should be submitted by February 1 2015. Complete entries, including a summary of the project, must be received by February 27 2015.

Since its launch in 2002, the biannual competition has attracted a growing number of applicants, with entries for 2013 increasing nearly 50% over those in 2011. Last year’s entries came from a wide range of industry sectors across EMEA. DuPont is creating a new category for the awards this year, Operational Excellence.

The application form can be found here.

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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