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Honeywell to support Romania synthetic rubber facility

9 August 2012

Energy Bio-Chemicals, in Romania, will equip its CAROM Onesti styrene butadiene rubber facility with Honeywell's UOP KLP process as part of its modernisation investment programme to increase butadiene production.

"As part of the contract, UOP will provide a proprietary caustic merox unit to remove sulphur from the crude C4 feedstock."

Honeywell's UOP KLP process is employed to purify butadiene, a monomer used to produce synthetic rubber, by eliminating unwanted byproducts.

As part of the contract, UOP will provide a proprietary caustic merox unit to remove sulphur from the crude C4 feedstock. The company will also provide licensing, engineering, technical support and catalysts.

Pete Piotrowski, Honeywell's UOP Process Technology and Equipment business unit vice president and general manager, said UOP is committed to technologies that help refining and petrochemical producers to maximise their yields.

"As global demand for tires continues to grow, UOP's technology allows producers to maximise yields with nearly 100% conversion of vinyl acetylene to butadiene," Piotrowski added.

According to the May 2012 Chemsystem Nexant report, butadiene demand surpassed supply by 170tmt in 2011 due to the growth in the replacement tire industry and electronics and consumer markets.

The petrochemical commodity butadiene is used to produce tires and other products in the automobile or appliance industry.

US-based Honeywell said currently eight KLP process units are in operation worldwide, with a production capacity of more than one million metric tons annually.

Headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, UOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International and is part of Honeywell's Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group.