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ISCC Plus for biomass acrylonitrile

Recent demand has been particularly robust in applications for carbon fibre.

24th January 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Ulsan, South Korea

Transport/​Aerospace, Industrial

Tongsuh Petrochemical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Kasei based in Ulsan, South Korea, has acquired ISCC Plus certification for its acrylonitrile (AN) as a sustainable product, and production of AN using biomass propylene is scheduled to begin in February 2022.

The certification system enables TSPC to produce and sell AN using biomass raw material allocated by the mass-balance method.

AN is used as a raw material to make acrylic fibre, ABS resin, acrylamide and various other chemical products. Recent demand has been particularly robust in applications for carbon fibre for composites and nitrile rubber for medical gloves.

In order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, measures to reduce CO₂ emissions throughout the product chain of fossil fuel-derivatives are gaining momentum, and AN customers are increasingly seeking to manufacture products using AN with low CO₂ emissions in order to contribute to GHG reduction.

The Asahi Kasei Group will continue efforts to further reduce CO₂ emissions by improving the AN catalysts and processes based on original technologies, as well as the procurement of biomass raw material.

www.asahi-kasei.com

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