Lummus and Synthos Advance Bio-Butadiene Technology Development to Produce Sustainable Rubber

Lummus Technology, LLC | February 14, 2022

Lummus Technology announced that its Green Circle business and Synthos S.A. have reached a major milestone in the development of advanced bio-butadiene technology. After completing a successful feasibility study in 2021, Lummus and Synthos have concluded that the bio-butadiene technology is ready for implementation, and the companies have agreed to move into the engineering and design phase of the project.

Given the confidence in the technology and the strong market demand for renewable materials, Synthos has committed to building a plant with a capacity of 40,000 metric tons of bio-butadiene per year – twice as much as the companies had originally planned. In addition to the plant capacity expansion, Synthos has confirmed that it will license BASF's butadiene extraction technology from Lummus and leverage Lummus' digitalization capabilities for operational efficiency and reliability.

"Since Lummus began collaborating with Synthos last year, it has become evident that this technology has the potential to be the new standard in our industry due to its renewable sourcing, production efficiency and low carbon footprint. The petrochemical industry is quickly adjusting to ambitious sustainability requirements, and at Lummus we continue to lead this change on multiple fronts. The commercialization with Synthos of this bio-technology for more sustainable rubber products is one of several sustainable process solutions that are making a positive impact."

Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology

"Synthos is making great strides in developing a synthetic rubber product portfolio with a significantly reduced environmental footprint. Entering the next phase of our collaboration with Lummus is another step toward our commitment to help our customers achieve their performance and sustainability goals," said Matteo Marchisio, Synthetic Rubber Business Unit Director, Synthos. "We believe the availability of sustainable synthetic rubber made from bio-butadiene will play an important role in the industry's ability to meet the demands of modern mobility, and we are proud to partner with Lummus Technology to lead the way."

Synthos is a global leader in the development and production of synthetic rubber for tires and technical rubber goods and is committed to providing its customers with high-performance material solutions with a lower environmental footprint.

In 2021, Green Circle and Synthos announced that they will collaborate on the development and commercialization of bio-butadiene derived from bio-ethanol to enable the production of value-added, more sustainable synthetic rubber.

A subsidiary of Lummus, Green Circle is a leader in commercializing and developing breakthrough solutions to address the key pillars of the energy transition, including end-of-life waste plastics recycling, production of bio derived sustainable chemicals, and decarbonization strategies for existing and new assets.

About Lummus Technology
Lummus Technology is the global leader in developing process technologies that make modern life possible and focus on a more sustainable, low carbon future. Lummus is a master licensor of clean energy, petrochemical, refining, gas processing and renewable technologies, and a supplier of catalysts, proprietary equipment, digitalization and related lifecycle services to customers worldwide. 

About Synthos
Synthos S.A. is a chemical producer and a major player in the global synthetic rubber market. Synthos S.A. Capital Group's business includes the production and sales of chemical products used as raw materials and intermediates in a wide range of industries, particularly in the tire industry, the construction industry and the packaging industry. 


Although the concept of biotechnology generally brings to mind genetic engineering, it can be conceived of very broadly. Any use of biological organisms or processes in industrial, medical, agricultural and environmental engineering.


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