Clariant and Lummus receive contract for catalyst technology

Huizhou Boeko Materials Co. Ltd. has selected Clariant and its process partner, Lummus Technology, to provide their CATOFIN catalyst and process technology for the dehydrogenation of isobutane at their new plant in Huizhou City, China. The collaboration between the three companies marks a significant advancement in catalyst and process technology for the production of isobutylene, which will serve as feedstock for the downstream production of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

The highly efficient CATOFIN process uses fixed-bed reactors and operates at optimum reactor pressure and temperature to maximize catalytic dehydrogenation of isobutane for high yields of isobutylene at low investment and operating costs. The scope of the award includes the technology license and basic engineering, with Huizhou Boeko set to produce 550,000 tpy of net isobutylene once complete.

Jens Cuntze, Business President Catalysts and APAC at Clariant, expressed his delight at delivering their industry-leading CATOFIN catalyst to this first Huizhou Boeko plant. “We are excited to be part of this project and look forward to a fruitful partnership,” he said. “CATOFIN offers excellent reliability and productivity, yielding superior annual production output, which in turn leads to increased overall profitability for the plant.”

The selection of CATOFIN technology for this project demonstrates confidence in the reliability and performance of the catalyst and process technology provided by Clariant and Lummus Technology. This partnership aims to enhance efficiency and productivity in the production of isobutylene, supporting downstream processes in the production of MTBE. To learn more about this exciting collaboration between Clariant, Lummus Technology, and Huizhou Boeko Materials Co. Ltd., visit

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