Basic chemicals: the foundation of profitable product opportunities.

Plants producing basic chemicals – such as ammonia, sulfuric acid, methanol, benzene, phenol and carbon dioxide – are renowned for their enormous capacities, because there is still today an extremely high worldwide demand for basic chemicals.

After all, the entire chemical industry is based on these substances. They are used downstream in the manufacture of the widest variety of products, for example in the plastics, chemicals, agricultural and energy supply industries. EPC knows what its customers want, and has been constructing intelligent plants for the production and further processing of basic chemicals for many years.

Plants designed by EPC employ the basic operations of chemical process technology to convert basic chemicals into a wide range of special compounds with extremely diverse properties – with the objective of putting a wide range of high-quality intermediate and end products on the market. This provides a very promising foundation for opportunities for you to grow profitably.

 

 


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We have been working with strong partners for many years to develop our processes. Renowned institutes – such as the Thuringian Institute for Textile and Plastics Research (TITK) and the Fraunhofer Institute – value their cooperation with EPC. In this way, we have built up an impressive potential for innovation. Working together with our customers, this process development has created many attractive new processes for new products. In recent years, EPC has designed and constructed a large number of research and pilot plants for various fields of application. The most recent has been the pilot carbon fibre plant at the TITK in Rudolstadt.

Simulating the crucial basic operations (e.g. reactions, rectifications, washing) of a process helps to identify and eliminate any weak points. Safety measures can be derived from the results of the simulation, and simulations also help the EPC specialists to select the most suitable technologies.

The layout of a plant depends on a wide range of constraints and conditions, for example the process requirements, the amount and arrangement of the equipment, fire and explosion protection requirements, operating and maintenance concepts, whether the plant is located in a new or existing building, open or closed architecture, and so on. In each case, EPC can develop the optimal layout for the plant and meet the customer's specific requirements. This applies to both the construction of a new plant and to the extension or revamping of an existing plant.