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Avantium partners with Nikki-Universal to boost its catalysis business in Japan

Avantium Catalysis, a business division of Netherlands-based renewable chemical process developer Avantium N.V. and Japan-based catalyst and process licensing company Nikki-Universal Co., Ltd. (N-U) have entered into an agency agreement to better serve Avantium’s customers and boost its business in Japan. Through Nikki-Universal, Avantium expects to generate leads for both its "Flowrence" units as well as for service projects.

Avantium Catalysis, a business division of Netherlands-based renewable chemical process developer Avantium N.V. and Japan-based catalyst and process licensing company Nikki-Universal Co., Ltd. (N-U) have entered into an agency agreement to better serve Avantium’s customers and boost its business in Japan.

Japan is highly advanced in technology and has a large chemical sector, including some large refineries. The country has a strong focus on catalysis research and data quality and has a global top- three positions in patent-filings on catalysis. It, therefore, offers the perfect environment for the Catalysis business unit of Avantium.

Nikki-Universal Co., Ltd. (N-U) is a joint venture company established in 1963 by JGC Corporation, a Japanese corporation, and UOP LLC (UOP), a United States (US) company. N-U’s business is mainly to manufacture and sell Refining & Petrochemical catalysts for UOP processes and environmentally friendly catalysts.

We highly value the strong network of Nikki-Universal within the Japanese chemical sector. Also, we see that our Flowrencetm technology delivers the performance that chemical and catalyst companies in Japan value. We are therefore very pleased to enter into a partnership with Nikki-Universal who will help us further boost our rapidly growing business in Japan, said Steven Olivier, managing director of Avantium Catalysis.

According to Avantium, its “Flowrence Technology” is an advanced high-throughput platform for high-quality testing of catalysts and adsorbents. The Flowrence Technology can be used for a broad range of refinery, green chemistry and industrial applications that operate in gas, vapour or trickle phases.

The parallel reactor system combines the reproducibility of larger-scale reactors with the advantages of small-scale reactors such as intrinsic safety, high accuracy, low costs per experiment and, ultimately, faster time-to-market.

We believe that an advanced high-throughput platform for catalysts and adsorbents testing provided by Avantium will assist the promoting of development of chemical-related technology and business in Japan through our business network, said Hirofumi Itoh, President of Nikki-Universal.

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