Alpha II gets the green light

Lucite International (LI) parent company, Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd (MRC) and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) have announced the formation of a joint venture company to build and operate two plants – one for Methyl Methacrylate (MMA), and the other for Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) – at one of SABIC’s manufacturing affiliates in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

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Chemical Industry Awards (CIA) Winners

Lucite International’s (LI) Cassel site in Billingham, UK has won the Chemical Industry Association’s BIS Excellence in Engineering Award 2012. The award was made in recognition of the significant contribution that engineering improvements have made to site operations and overall business performance. These improvements have been achieved by the local team, which has focused on delivering better overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) using the Company’s rigorous ‘Manufacturing Excellence’ programme, which helps to drive and sustain world-class practices.

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BiTC Team of the Year Award

Representatives from Lucite International’s (LI) Cassel site in North East England have received BiTC’s (Business in the Community) regional Team of the Year Award for the third year running. The award was given in recognition for the charity work the team has carried out to help children, young people and families who are involved with the Barnardos Bridgeway Project. Team leader, Matthew Bullivant (centre right), and Dave Finch, team member (centre left), accepted the Award from Karen Wilkinson-Bell, BiTC Regional Director, and Nicholas Owen, TV presenter, at a ceremony on 25 June 2012.

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R&D Award

Lucite International’s (LI) has won a prestigious R&D 100 award for its part in the development of a Trapped Annular Pressure Shrinkage Spacer (TAPSS), which uses MMA cleverly as part of a system that increases the safety and efficiency of oil extraction from both on land and offshore wells. The R&D 100 award was won in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory, Chevron Energy and Baker Hughes.

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Development of production technology for sustainable MMA

Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. (MRC) and subsidiary group Lucite International (both part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation – MCHC) are continuing the drive for innovation by developing alternative sustainable feedstock sources for the production of Methyl Methacrylate (MMA), using both existing technologies and developing completely new bio based routes for methacrylate monomers. We plan to commercialize production and use of sustainable feedstock for MMA production by 2016 and intend to achieve at least 50% of MMA production from these sources.

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