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Axens catalyst surpasses 100 awards

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Naphtha catalytic reforming is the technology of choice for producing high octane-gasoline for refiners or aromatics for petrochemical use. In addition, it is usually the main source of refinery hydrogen. Catalysts play a dominant role in this technology.

SymphonyTM, Axens’ suite of high performance reforming catalysts was generated through the harmonisation of more than 100 years of combined experience in reforming catalyst technology and manufacturing excellence following Axens’ acquisition of Criterion’s reforming catalyst business in 2011.

Since its official launch three and a half years ago, more than 100 Symphony awards have been won. These wins span the entire portfolio of the catalyst, and several represent takeaways from the competition. In all cases, commercial yield improvement has met or exceeded projection across the full spectrum of applications.

Head-to head comparison in third-party pilot plant testing repeatedly demonstrates Symphony’s superior performance. This catalyst shows improvement with higher gasoline volume or aromatics production, improved hydrogen production and purity, higher stability owing to lower coke-make, and higher profitability owing to lower precious metal content.

These benefits have compelled a major US refiner to use Symphony CCR Reforming catalysts on their units, enabling Axens to reach its 100th reference.

The synergies between high-quality catalyst support technologies and multi-metal formulation technologies are reflected in compelling improvement in yields and hydrothermal stability for virtually all reforming services.

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