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By ICN GroupChemical, July 24, 2018

BASF introduces Fourte FCC catalyst

The new product has been optimised to deliver superior selectivity to butylenes while maintaining catalyst activity, which helps refineries maximize their profits

BASF has announced the commercial launch of Fourte, a new generation of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalysts for gasoil feedstock. Fourte is based on BASF’s new multiple framework topology (MFT) technology offering, and has been optimized to deliver superior selectivity to butylenes while maintaining catalyst activity, which helps refineries maximize their profits.

“Fourte is the latest addition to BASF’s industry-leading, advanced refinery catalysts portfolio,” said Detlef Ruff, Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts at BASF. “We are excited about what this new technology will bring to our customers in terms of its operating flexibility and potential to make the refineries more profitable.”

“The first thing we did on our path to develop Fourte was to listen to our customers,” said Jim Chirumbole, Vice President, Refining Catalysts at BASF. “They told us they needed an innovative, flexible solution to help them make more octane for the marketplace, and we’re happy to deliver on that need today and into the future.”

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