Mitsubishi Chemical, ICM bring ZEBREX to US ethanol industry

By Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. | February 23, 2018

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and ICM Inc. recently announced a strategic marketing collaboration to provide ZEBREX to the fuel ethanol industry in the United States. ZEBREX  will improve production capacity and reduce energy costs through the use of proven state-of-the-art zeolite membrane dehydration technology.  MCC and ICM including Matheson Tri-Gas Inc., who has been MCC’s ZEBREX marketing partner in the U.S., will collaborate to market, engineer and provide turnkey solutions for ZEBREX within the United States.

ZEBREX has been successfully proven at over 70 plants outside the United States, and offers more than 10 years of operational experience in bioethanol plants. ZEBREX is specifically designed for ease of use, energy efficiency, and has a smaller carbon footprint than traditional pressure swing adsorption or organic membranes.

“The ZEBREX team is excited about our new partnership with ICM,” said Hiroyuki Kakiuchi, senior manager and group manager of Mitsubishi’s ZEBREX business group. “This collaboration will enable Mitsubishi Chemical to deliver ZEBREX that will help our customers to improve or have the best technology with competitive cost.”

“Known for their engineering expertise, ICM develops processes to make ethanol production more efficient. Their strong technical and integration ability and experience in the fuel ethanol industry will help our customers to gain access to ZEBREX technology faster and easier without challenges,” said Kakiuchi. Multiple ethanol production facilities have already shown interest in ZEBREX since the announcement of this strategic collaboration.

 “As the leading process design and technology company that has provided engineering, construction, and operational services for the majority of ethanol plants in North America, we look forward to collaborating with Mitsubishi Chemical,” said Steve Hartig, vice president, ICM. “Combining our expertise and experience means that together, we can extend the reach of the most advanced dehydration technology, ZEBREX.”