MOSCOW (MRC) -- Origin Materials, Inc., the world’s leading carbon negative materials company, and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, Inc., a global leader in basic and fine chemicals and advanced materials, have announced a partnership to industrialize and manufacture advanced chemicals and materials built on the Origin Materials technology platform, according to BusinessWire.
“Together, we aim to revolutionize entire industries. This is a groundbreaking partnership that we believe will change how countless materials and products are made, with far-reaching impact supporting the world’s ambition to reach net zero emissions.”
The partnership includes an agreement for Origin Materials to sell Mitsubishi Gas Chemical carbon-negative materials and a joint development agreement for the companies to create new, functionally advantaged chemicals and derivatives, including high-value specialty chemicals.
The partnership aims to rapidly develop and industrialize new products based on Origin Materials’ technology platform, leveraging the leadership position of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical as a provider of expertise and resources across global supply chains; Mitsubishi Gas Chemical as an important strategic partner for Origin Materials for accessing end markets in the automotive, medical, food, information and communication, energy, and infrastructure sectors.
The companies believe the market for carbon-negative chemicals and advanced materials will grow significantly in response to rising global demand for low-carbon products and services. The companies aim to explore not only new technologies, but new industrial supply chain relationships that are expected to support technology commercialization and enable downstream products across a variety of industries and applications, including functionally advantaged chemicals and materials.
We remind that, as MRC informed before, Mitsubishi Chemical Corp (MCC) consolidated its headquarter functions for its global methyl methacrylate (MMA) business in Singapore, and renamed its major MMA subsidiaries to Mitsubishi Chemical Methacrylates, effective 1 April, 2021. The move is aimed at optimising the company's global product supply network by utilising digital technologies that connect regional production, costs and supply and demand.
We also remind that in December 2020, Mitsubishi Chemical acquired a greenfield property at a large integrated site in Geismar, Louisiana, and plans to advance its feasibility study for the design and construction of a 350,000-metric tons/year MMA plant. The plant will be the third and largest to employ the Alpha production technology developed by subsidiary Lucite. The company earlier in March this year announced its intent to build the plant.
The main application, consuming approximately 75% MMA, is in the production of polymethyl methacrylate acrylic plastics (PMMA). Methyl methacrylate is also used to produce methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymer (MBS), used as a modifier for polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PVC production reached 259,400 tonnes in the first three months of 2021, down by 3% year on year. All producers reduced their output over the stated period.
Headquartered in West Sacramento, Origin Materials is the world's leading carbon negative materials company. Origin Materials’ mission is to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials. Over the past 10 years, Origin Materials has developed a platform for turning the carbon found in non-food biomass into useful materials, while capturing carbon in the process. Origin Materials’ first commercial plant is expected to be operational in 2022 with a second commercial plant expected to be operational by 2025 and plans for additional expansion over the next decade.
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (MGC), headquartered in Tokyo, is a unique technology-oriented manufacturer producing more than 90% of its products using proprietary technologies. Committing itself to creating new technology and value, MGC boasts a broad range of products, from basic chemicals such as methanol, xylene, and hydrogen peroxide to high-performance products such as engineering plastics, foamed plastics, materials for printed wiring boards and oxygen absorbers.