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Development Speeds up In Catalysis

By Joy LePree |

There might be as many categories of catalysts as there are chemical processing applications. And, no matter what the specialty or application, most catalyst producers are in a constant state of research and development in order to meet the demands of their chemical processing customers, as well as to develop innovative catalysts for new applications and growing market areas. Recent efforts of some of the top catalyst producers are improving resin properties, helping narrow the economic disadvantage of oil-based polymers and speeding up new possibilities in biorenewables and micro-channel reactors.   Polyolefin catalysts Resin manufacturers are always look for resins that are lighter, cleaner, faster and clearer, says Cherie Wrenn, global product market manager with The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.). “Lighter resins are desirable because they allow down gauging, which means manufacturers can use less resin to obtain the same strength and stiffness characteristics of packages that traditionally used more resin. This saves resin and reduces transportation costs because the load is lighter,” she says. Technologies that improve the resin processing speed are also in demand, for their potential to eliminate bottlenecks…
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