Milan, 28 November 2023 – MAIRE S.p.A. announces that Conser S.p.A., part of MAIRE Sustainable Technology Solutions business unit led by NEXTCHEM, has reached an agreement with Clariant for the development and supply of Clariant’s next generation maleic anhydride catalysts.

This agreement is in line with MAIRE’s strategy of broadening its licensing offering to proprietary equipment and catalysts and strengthening Conser’s global positioning in one of its leading technologies. This new solution will bring considerable advantages in terms of energy consumption, making the product both more sustainable and competitive at the same time.

In addition, the two companies are actively cooperating in further improving maleic anhydride technology, making it more efficient in terms of its carbon footprint. The maleic anhydride technology is a key element in the chain of production of biodegradable polymers such as polybutylene succinate and polybutylene adipate co-terephthalate – both used in the food industry for packaging and disposable tableware, as well as in the agricultural sector for mulch films – representing a more environmentally friendly alternative to common plastic, as already recognized by regulators who imposed their use in several countries for various applications. Moreover, Maleic Anhydride is an important chemical intermediate for the production of a number of valuable products such as special anhydrides, 1-4 butandiol and its derivatives.

Alessandro Bernini, MAIRE Chief Executive Officer, commented: “With this agreement we further improve the soundness of our Sustainable Technology Solutions portfolio, which spans from technology licensing to proprietary equipment and other high-value services, in line with the execution of our ten-year plan. We are eager to work with Clariant to further improve our technological offer to best serve clients’ demands for innovative energy-efficient solutions.