Amsterdam, 18 May 2018: Axens, an international provider of advanced technologies, catalysts, adsorbents and services, has qualified Avantium to perform independent testing of commercial naphtha reforming catalysts after a thorough qualification program under commercially relevant conditions.

Avantium’s Flowrence® 16-parallel reactors system with individual temperature control and enhanced online analytics enables reforming catalyst testing at a constant research octane number (RON) of each reactor. The methods applied and the resulting high data quality (precision, accuracy and reproducibility) have been independently verified and accepted by Axens.

Axens is continuously upgrading its catalyst portfolio. For this qualification program, Axens provided Avantium with commercial reforming catalysts, including the newest generations of its bestselling CCR catalysts. Our Flowrence® system’s unmatched discrimination capabilities allowed Axens to confirm the gains in catalyst generation obtained by providing extremely precise and repeatable C5+ yields, total aromatics and hydrogen-produced data as well as complete PIONA breakdown with time on stream. The temperature required, yields, and stability of the catalysts at constant RON output and overall catalysts ranking have been independently verified and accepted by Axens.

“We are very pleased to be qualified by Axens. This qualification program is part of ongoing efforts to formally obtain endorsement from all major catalyst vendors of our testing approach, strategies and experimental setup. We are committed to providing our customers meaningful results to enable fact-based decisions and ultimately increase their competitiveness & profitability,” said Tiago Vilela, Director Business Development, Avantium Refinery Catalyst Testing.

About Avantium Refinery Catalyst Testing

Avantium is a leading technology company specialized in advanced catalytic research, with groundbreaking innovation as its primary goal. Avantium Catalysis helps customers to accelerate their catalyst R&D – offering innovative systems and services to unveil deeper insights into catalyst properties and performance. Avantium’s proven Flowrence parallel fixed bed reactor platform generates extremely accurate and repeatable data and is optimally configured for side-by-side catalyst performance tests, allowing for a direct comparison of the catalyst performance without compromise data quality (repeatability, reproducibility and scalability) with low amounts of feed (less waste generated).

Avantium’s Refinery Catalyst Testing program offers refineries the possibility to independently evaluate catalysts options from multiple vendors. Our 16 parallel reactors units enable the side-by-side testing of up to 16 catalysts under the same exact conditions using the refinery provided feedstock. We purposely design cost-effective testing programs aiming to provide relevant test results to support the catalyst selection for Hydrocracking, Hydrotreating, Catalytic Reforming & Isomerization processes.

We aim to be recognized as the leading independent services provider of refinery catalyst testing to compare the effectiveness of commercial catalysts.  We are committed to providing our customers meaningful results to improve decision-making and ultimately increasing their competitiveness & profitability.



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