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Versalis and KBR Form Alliance to License Technology for Styrenics

Published on 2015-11-09. Author : SpecialChem

San Donato Milanese (MI), Italy; Houston, USA -- Versalis (Eni), a major producer in the polymers and elastomers industry, and KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR), a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company, announced they have entered a cooperation agreement for KBR to license Versalis’ proprietary Ethylbenzene and Styrene Monomer Technologies (EB/SM). These technologies are used for productions in a large variety of applications including industrial and food packaging, household appliances, building insulation, electronic equipment, car components and toys.

Versalis (Eni)
Fig. 1: Versalis (Eni)

Through this agreement, KBR and Versalis will offer competitive and flexible EthylBenzene and Styrene Monomer production technologies using Versalis’ innovative zeolite-based catalysts and expert design capabilities. KBR will provide engineering support to deliver the license packages to clients.

Ethylbenzene is an organic compound used to produce Styrene, the main raw material to produce Styrenic Polymers, and for production of high performance Elastomers. Styrenics are exceptionally versatile plastic materials that are light, durable, highly insulating and provide good mechanical properties.

"This agreement is further proof of Versalis’ solid technology background, acknowledged at an international level. The technological cooperation with KBR offers the opportunity to enhance our know-how and the value it brings," said Daniele Ferrari, Versalis CEO.

"This alliance reflects KBR’s commitment to our core strengths," said John Derbyshire, KBR President of Technology and Consulting. "This is a great opportunity for KBR to expand our chemicals technology portfolio, providing innovative technologies that give our customers a competitive advantage in today’s markets."

About Versalis

Versalis (Eni) is interfacing with markets through globally-oriented strategies and a market-driven product portfolio. It leads the industry in manufacturing intermediates, polyethylene, styrenics and elastomers and is entering the green chemicals and polymers industry partnering with worldwide biotech companies. Versalis prides itself on its wide range of proprietary technologies, wide-reaching distribution network and after-sales assistance. As part of its new strategy, the company aims to gain a leadership position in fast-growing markets by leveraging its technological and industrial expertise. In Asia, Versalis has entered into partnerships with global petrochemical producers for development of its elastomer division.

Forward Looking Statement

The statements in this press release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding future financial performance, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the outcome of and the publicity surrounding audits and investigations by domestic and foreign government agencies and legislative bodies; potential adverse proceedings by such agencies and potential adverse results and consequences from such proceedings; the scope and enforceability of the company’s indemnities from its former parent; changes in capital spending by the company’s customers; the company’s ability to obtain contracts from existing and new customers and perform under those contracts; structural changes in the industries in which the company operates; escalating costs associated with and the performance of fixed-fee projects and the company’s ability to control its cost under its contracts; claims negotiations and contract disputes with the company’s customers; changes in the demand for or price of oil and/or natural gas; protection of intellectual property rights; compliance with environmental laws; changes in government regulations and regulatory requirements; compliance with laws related to income taxes; unsettled political conditions, war and the effects of terrorism; foreign operations and foreign exchange rates and controls; the development and installation of financial systems; increased competition for employees; the ability to successfully complete and integrate acquisitions; and operations of joint ventures, including joint ventures that are not controlled by the company. KBR's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K/A, any subsequent Form 10-Qs and 8-Ks, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss some of the important risk factors that KBR has identified that may affect the business, results of operations and financial condition. Except as required by law, KBR undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Source: Versalis

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