Major Milestone for Mononitrobenzene
January 17, 2022
When production started at BorsodChem’s MNB plant in the Czech Republic in November of 2021, it became NORAM’s 20th world-scale reference plant for MNB production. Ten such MNB plants have started up in the last ten years alone, spanning the globe from the USA, to Europe, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and China.
NORAM’s commanding position in MNB technology is a testament to many things. The introduction of NORAM’s adiabatic nitration process, utilizing jet impingement nitrators, was a game changer for the industry, and foreshadowed a growth in global isocyanates demand that currently holds steady at approximately 5% per annum. Plants that commanded nameplate capacities of 50,000 metric tonnes per year (MTPY) three decades ago have made way for the 500,000 MTPY giants of today.
The NORAM MNB technology has continued to stand the test of time. Many of the twenty plants have been expanded over the years, in some cases several times over. The marriage of some great NORAM process and mechanical technologies, the commitment to ongoing innovation, and the dedication of our project teams to seeing projects through to completion bode well for the next ten years.
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