Startup to Commercialize Catalytic Coatings
Two Canadian companies have joined forces to form a startup company named BASF Qtech Inc., which will focus on commercializing advanced catalytic surface coatings for steam-cracker furnace tubes used in the petrochemical industry.
BASF Canada Inc., Mississauga, Ont., and Quantiam Technologies Inc., Edmonton, Alb., are co-shareholders in the independent entity. Quantiam will provide the manufacturing, research and development, and technical services, while BASF’s Catalysts Division in Iselin, N.J., will handle marketing and sales.
Quantiam’s catalytic surface coatings are applied to the internal surfaces of steam-cracker furnace tubes and coils, enabling the catalytically assisted manufacture of olefins. The coatings are designed to improve operational profitability of petrochemical furnaces by reducing carbon formation and increasing online production time while cutting maintenance times, energy expenditure and CO2emissions.
“We expect our Camol Generation-1 solution for ethane-propane cracking to be available commercially relatively soon,” says Richard Gay, acting general manager of the new company.