Asahi Kasei to Produce Acrylonitrile from Biomass-Derived Raw Materials | Region

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 21, 2022–

Asahi Kasei, a diversified Japanese multinational, announces that on October 21, 2021, Tongsuh Petrochemical Corp., Ltd. (TSPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary in South Korea, has acquired the widely recognized international ISCC PLUS 1 certification for its acrylonitrile (AN) as a sustainable product, and the production of AN from biomass propylene is set to begin in February 2022.

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In order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Asahi Kasei Group will continue its efforts to further reduce CO₂ emissions by improving catalysts and AN processes based on original technologies as well as biomass feedstock sourcing, with the aim of contributing to global sustainability in line with its “Care for People, Care for Earth” philosophy. (Photo: BusinessWire)

AN is used as a raw material to make ABS resin, acrylamide, acrylic fiber and various other chemicals. Recent demand growth has been particularly strong in the applications of carbon fiber as a material to reduce the weight of wind turbine blades etc., and nitrile rubber for medical gloves, the use of which is growing due to increased hygiene awareness.

In order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, measures to reduce CO₂ emissions along the fossil fuel derivatives product chain are gaining momentum, and AN customers are increasingly looking to manufacture products using AN with low CO₂ emissions to help reduce GHGs. Under these circumstances, Asahi Kasei and TSPC sought to reduce CO₂ emissions throughout the AN supply chain, and in October 2021, TSPC became the first AN manufacturer in Asia to acquire ISCC PLUS certification. . The certification scheme allows TSPC to produce and sell AN using biomass feedstock attributed by the mass balance method 2. TSPC is expected to start producing AN using biomass propylene in February 2022.

In order to contribute to the carbon neutrality of society, Asahi Kasei Group will continue its efforts to further reduce CO₂ emissions by improving catalysts and AN processes based on original technologies as well as the supply of biomass raw material, aiming to be a sustainable global partner for its customers.

1 ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) is an international certification system that offers solutions for the implementation and certification of waste and residual raw materials, non-bio renewable energies and recycled carbon materials and fuels. ISCC PLUS is a certification system that mainly covers bio-based carbon materials that are produced outside the EU and supplied worldwide, and helps manage and ensure sustainable raw materials in the supply chain.

2 In the case of a mixture of raw materials from biomass, etc., and raw materials derived from fossil fuels in the production process, the product share of biomass, etc., produced is attributed to certain products (NA biomass) based on the ISCC PLUS System documents and its recognized management methods.

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About Asahi Kasei

The Asahi Kasei Group contributes to the life and lives of people around the world. Since its founding in 1922 with ammonia and cellulose fiber businesses, Asahi Kasei has grown steadily through proactive transformation of its business portfolio to meet the ever-changing needs of every age. With more than 40,000 employees worldwide, the company contributes to a sustainable society by providing solutions to global challenges through its three business segments: Hardware, Homes and Healthcare. For more information, visit

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