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Imtex Membranes Announces $20 Million in New Strategic Funding

Imtex Membranes Announces $20 Million in New Strategic Funding

Published on May 19, 2020

May 20, 2020 - Mississauga, Ontario Imtex Membranes Corp. has reached its target funding goal of $20 million with over $10 million from SABIC Ventures US Holdings LLC (“SABIC Ventures”) and Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, over $6 million from Sustainable Development Technologies Canada (SDTC) and $3 million from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA).

Imtex’s PermyleneTM membrane technology reduces energy and emissions intensity of light olefins, the main building blocks for resins and rubber chemicals. In the production process these olefins, namely ethylene, propylene and butene, must be separated from paraffins, being ethane, propane and butane. Traditional incumbent processes are energy-intensive, generating annual CO2e emissions equivalent to 40 million passenger vehicles.

“With over 10,000 hours of pilot operations demonstrating stable, on-spec results, Imtex has proven it can consistently achieve polymer-grade purification of olefins in a cost-effective, low- energy product offering. We now have the funding required to move forward on all fronts,” said Karlis Vasarais, CEO, Imtex Membranes.

SABIC Ventures’ parent company is a global leader in diversified chemicals with $40 billion in revenues and operations around the world.

In a short period, Imtex has shown significant progress on the SABIC project. We are excited about our investment to support an accelerated scale-up and roll-out of their technology,said Aruna Subramanian, Managing Director, SABIC Ventures.

The focus of the investment is to build out two commercial facilities in Alberta and Ontario processing C3 refinery grade propylene and C4 raffinate. In addition, funding proceeds will be used for several other global behind-the-fence projects (C2 and C4 olefin streams) in the United States, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and South-East Asia.

Over 40% of energy in petrochemicals is associated with chemical separations. SDTC is proud that our early and ongoing support of Imtex is helping lead to a significant funding milestone and further progress toward commercialization,” said Leah Lawrence, President & CEO, SDTC.

“ERA is pleased to work with investment partners, such as SDTC, and entrepreneurs like Imtex, to leverage funds that accelerate new technologies to reduce emissions from petrochemical production. This unified approach demonstrates Alberta's and Canada's global leadership potential in low-carbon, hydrocarbon production." said Steve MacDonald, CEO, Emissions Reduction Alberta.

Since inception, Imtex has received funding in excess of $22 million, led by Monteco Ltd. The research that materialized into Imtex’s pilot facilities was supported by a series of Ontario and Canada Federal government investments. Most recently, Imtex has received funding from the Province of Ontario, through the OCE Voucher for Innovation and Productivity, GreenCentre Canada’s CONNECT Program supported by NRC-IRAP, and BioIndustrial Innovation Canada’s Ontario Bioindustrial Innovation Network (OBIN) which supports cluster development in Sarnia- Lambton and Eastern Ontario.

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Permylene™ to be Intoduced to Future Petrochemical Industry Engineers

Permylene™ to be Intoduced to Future Petrochemical Industry Engineers

Published on October 26, 2016

Glenn Towe, CEO and President of Imtex Membranes Corp., and University of Waterloo Alumnus, is honoured to be invited to speak to the members of The Society of Petroleum Engineers at the University of Waterloo to present at their Student Energy Conference on 29 October 2016.  

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Tagged as: Event, Permylene, Imtex, Membrane, innovation, Technology



Published on October 28, 2015

We are proud to be sponsors and exhibitors at Asian Downstream Week.  

We hope you were able to join us for our presentation and would be pleased to welcome you at our booth, A4, to discuss Imtex's innovative Permylene technology further.  We look forward to meeting you.

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Tagged as: Asian Downstream Week 2015, Petrochemicals, Membrane technology, Permylene, Marina Bay Sands, ADW 2015, Singapore, olefin technology, Membrane