ERJ staff report (DS)
Antwerp, Belgium --Evonik Industries has started up a new facility to
produce high-purity isobutene at its site in Antwerp (Belgium). The new
plant can produce up to 110,000 metric tons isobutene p.a. and forms part of the site's
integrated C4 production platform.
The investment has tripled Evonik's
production capacity for isobutene, which is used, for example, for butyl
rubber for applications such as inner liners in
Isobutene is produced by splitting the anti-knock agent MTBE using a
new process developed by Evonik. This new process is particularly
environment-friendly and resource-efficient: Complex heat integration in
the facility minimizes energy consumption.
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Press release from Evonik