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A New Era Beckons for Lucite

Building up to Commercialization of Novel MMA Technology

8:39 AM MDT | July 29, 2008 | Ian Young

Lucite International (Southampton, U.K.), the biggest producer of methyl methacrylate (MMA), is on the threshold of what promises to be the most dynamic phase in its history. The company is preparing to start up the first commercial-scale plant based on Alpha technology—a proprietary process that Lucite says has the potential to revolutionize the MMA industry’s cost base. Alpha has significant advantages over traditional technologies, and those advantages have been heightened by the run-up in petrochemical feedstock costs over the past year, Lucite...

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