BASF launches Luminate FCC catalyst to help refiners increase liquid product yields

GERMANY – BASF, a German chemical company and the largest chemical producer in the world, introduced Luminate, a new generation of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalysts for gasoil refiners.

According to the company, the Luminate catalyst is tailored to deliver superior conversion while improving coke selectivity, which can help refineries maximize profitability.

This is BASF’s first catalyst based on a new Improved Zeolite Y (IZY) technology.

Commercial trials in multiple FCC units showed that the catalyst delivers superior liquid product yields with lower delta coke.

“The Luminate catalyst is an innovative new addition to BASF’s advanced and industry-leading refinery catalysts portfolio,” said Detlef Ruff, Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts at BASF.

“Our customers who used Luminate during FCC refinery trials clearly saw what they were hoping for – lower delta coke and more of the valuable liquid products their customers need.”

“We have additional customers scheduled to begin using Luminate and we anticipate similarly positive results from those refineries,” said Jim Chirumbole, Vice President Refining Catalysts at BASF.

“This innovation takes us a step further into the future by helping our refining customers around the world process gasoil, as well as hydrotreated and lighter feedstocks, more profitably.”

Additionally, BASF Animal Nutrition launched its Lucantin NXT product line in the EU 28 market.

Extensive trials have shown that Lucantin NXT products deliver high homogeneity, outstanding stability and long shelf life while maintaining egg yolk and broiler skin coloring efficacy.

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These carotenoid formulations meet the latest Regulation (EC) No 2017/962, which requires to withdraw EQ as a feed additive.

The next generation of carotenoids is stabilized by propyl gallate (PG) and butylhydroxytoluene (BHT) or tocopherol.

“With our proprietary Lucantin NXT products, we support our customers with innovative formulations that comply with regulatory requirements while setting exceptional quality standards to meet the growing global demand,” said Christopher Rieker, Vice President BASF Animal Nutrition.

BASF has several decades of experience in formulation and production of carotenoids.

The company added that it is a worldwide leading producer of carotenoids for the animal nutrition industry.

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