Corning Reactor Industrial Progress Report and 10,000 metric tons per year G5 Reactor New Product Release
Based on an article published by China Chemical Industry News (CCIN) in Chinese by Hongying Chen, Feixia Zhang on June 22, 2020.
Corning Incorporated recently announced that its Advanced-Flow™ Reactors (AFR) business has made significant progress advancing its flow reactor technology for large-scale industrial production of chemicals and active pharmaceutical ingredients.
To celebrate this important milestone, Corning Advanced-Flow Reactor Technology Co., Ltd. held an “Industrial Progress Report and 10,000 ton per year G5 New Product Release” conference in Shangyu, Zhejiang Province, China on June 18.
On-site and Virtual Global Product Launch
Customers, government and industry leaders joined the conference in-person and through online live broadcast via China Chemical Industry News (CCIN) and CCINTV platforms. Invited speakers who were not able to attend on-site delivered speeches through pre-recorded video messages or in-person representatives. Below are excerpts of some remarks delivered at the event:
Mr. Fu Xiangsheng, vice president of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CP&CIF), congratulated Corning AFR on its industrial achievements and the introduction of its new G5 reactor. He emphasized that "the release of Corning’s 10,000 metric tons annual throughput G5 reactor marks the maturity of AFR Technology and the continuous improvement of its application.” He went on to say, “AFR Technology is no longer limited to small-volume chemical production but can also be expanded to tens of thousands of tons or even hundreds of thousands of tons of base chemicals. The application of AFR Technology and the G5 reactor can convert traditional batch production to continuous flow production with automation, and help manufacturers reduce safety risks and achieve inherently safer chemical production systems.”
In his remarks, Mr. Lu Nianming, secretary general of China Chemical Safety Association (CCSA), said, "AFR Technology offers continuous flow reaction processes with very low liquid chemical hold-up in the reactor. This can minimize the chemical production system footprint, reduce the possibility and magnitude of accidents to achieve inherent safety.” He urged chemical manufacturers "to adopt AFR Technology widely for the green and safe development of fine chemical manufacturing in China."
Mr. Cui Xuejun, president of China Chemical Industry News (CCIN), praised Corning AFR’s achievements in China. He said, "in the past ten years, Corning AFR Technology has become widely recognized in China and has realized the continuous synthesis of chemicals in many places in China, bringing phenomenal economic and social benefits to customers.”
In his video message, Marty Curran, executive vice president and Corning innovation officer, congratulated Corning AFR on this important milestone, saying, “our collaboration with Zhejiang Weihua New Materials Co., Ltd. has not only created an inherently safer production platform with an annual throughput of 10,000 metric tons per unit, but also achieved significant economic and environmental benefits as a result of using AFR technology.” Marty also acknowledged Corning’s global AFR teams in China, France, India and the United States that helped make this project a success.
Mr. Li Fang, president and general manager of Corning Greater China, said, "Corning has a history of 169 years. As a company focused on continuous innovation, Corning has been working hard and strongly supporting innovation that can change people’s lives. Corning's optical communication business helps make life more convenient; Corning's display technology helps make colors more vibrant; Corning's environmental technology helps make the sky bluer and the air cleaner. Likewise, Corning AFR is an innovative business that is helping make the chemical industry better. Corning AFR is changing traditional chemical R&D and manufacturing, making chemical manufacturing inherently safer and more diversified, while improving people’s lives."
Disruptive technology for 10,000 metric tons annual flow throughput per reactor
Corning’s Advanced-Flow™ Reactors are a disruptive technology that is changing research and development as well as manufacturing processes across the chemical industry. As the core component of continuous flow technology, Corning AFR provides a more controllable environment for chemical reactions. Although the size of the reactor is very small, its inherent continuity enables it to support industrial-scale applications. Compared with traditional batch reactors, Corning’s reactors can lead to inherently safer processing and higher output for manufacturers.