MATRIC spin-off company Aither Chemicals recently conducted a month long “open season” to determine the demand for products that could be made by an ethane cracker located in West Virginia. Bayer MaterialScience agreed to help Aither solicit interest from potential customers, ethane suppliers, and vendors.
“I am pleased with the market response, which shows strong interest in the products that can be made using Aither’s catalytic ethane cracking technology. Aither has the ideal process to build an ethane cracker in the Kanawha Valley, and elsewhere in the world where ethane is available,” said Aither CEO Leonard Dolhert, who also noted several multinational companies expressed interest in licensing the technology for use in global markets.
Aither has identified five anticipated product offerings based upon the open season response: ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, polyethylene, acetic acid and ethylene. These chemicals are used in a variety of downstream products like plastic and antifreeze.