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Econic and Changhua announce licensing agreement to develop and grow CO2 based polyurethanes in China

Econic Technologies is scaling its pioneering deep-tech carbon-to-value technology with partnership in the industry’s most important market.

Econic Technologies, the deep-tech carbon-to-value pioneer, has today announced a ground-breaking partnership with leading independent Chinese polyol and polyurethanes company Changhua Chemical Technology Company Ltd, part of Jiangsu Changshun Group. The partnership was marked in a ceremonial signing on 8th June attended by the Mayor of Jiangsu province, where Changhua is based.

This multi-year partnership is born from both companies’ shared values – namely, the creation of a market for CO2 products, in line with the global drive to achieve net zero and to meet increasing consumer demand for more sustainable products. By replacing oil raw materials with waste CO2 in essential polyurethane products, both companies will sustainably grow the market. The collaboration is an important step in the emerging carbon-to-value sector.

The agreement involves both parties collaborating to develop CO2 based polyurethane products to be manufactured in China and sold under license in China and world-wide. It will involve Changhua building the first dedicated production plants for these products, to serve the growing demand for sustainable products. Both companies are aligned to make a serious contribution to carbon reduction and to drive the sustainable advancement of the polyurethane market.

Dr Gu, Chairman of Changhua Chemical Technology, commented: “In line with my company’s mission to grow and be recognized as the most innovative and sustainable polyurethane producer in the world, we identified Econic’s technology as being best-in-class for incorporating CO2 into polyurethanes. This long-term agreement demonstrates Changhua’s leadership and ambition in the sector.”

Keith Wiggins, CEO of Econic Technologies, commented: “We are honoured to be partnered with Changhua, China’s leading innovator of polyurethanes. Working with Changhua to this point has reinforced our shared values, and we are excited to build with them a sustainable future that creates value from CO2 to make essential polyurethane products better.”

The partnership with Changhua follows Econic’s recent announcement of the first round of a multimillion-pound capital raise, and receipt of a UK Government, BEIS funding award.

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About Econic Technologies ( Econic Technologies is a UK based deep-tech company and pioneer in the utilisation of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a valuable raw material. It licenses and sells innovative catalyst and processes technology for the manufacture of CO2 containing polymers used in essential everyday products. The use of CO2 sustainably displaces conventional oil-based feedstocks and complements bio-based raw materials, to create more cost effective, higher performing, end products. Econic was founded in 2011 by Prof. Charlotte Williams, at Imperial College London. Building on her vision of technology that uses CO2 as a raw material in the manufacture of enhanced polymers systems, the company is ready to meet consumer and societal drive to net zero and fit with the existing supply chain. The recipient of many nominations and awards, the company was most recently named as winner in the Sustainability sector of ‘Future22’ by Tech Tour, Europe’s largest investor-oriented community. The company operates globally from Alderley Park, near Manchester, UK and its state-of-the-art customer demonstration facility in Runcorn, UK. About polyols and surfactants Polyols are the building block for polyurethanes and are used in the production of flexible and rigid foams, elastomers, adhesives, sealants, and coatings. Industry sectors include: automotive, footwear & apparel (e.g. sports trainers), furniture (sofas, mattresses etc), appliances (e.g. fridges) and construction (insulation panels, coatings etc). The polyols market is valued at $28Bn and is growing. Surfactants are used in a wide variety of high-volume household and industrial cleaning and personal care products, as well as in a range of high-value applications in the construction, paint and agricultural industries. The non-ionic surfactants market is valued at $20Bn and is growing. About Changhua Chemical Technology ( Changhua Chemical Technology Co., Ltd., a holding subsidiary of Jiangsu Changshun Group Co., Ltd., was established in 2010. It is located in the Yangtze River Chemical Park, Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province, a provincial fine chemical park near the port terminal. Since its inception, adhering to the corporate mission of “let human beings enjoy a healthy and comfortable life”, the company has focused on the R & D, production and sales of polyether series products relying on leading technology, high-end talents and intelligent control system. Today, sustainable development has become the consensus of all mankind. Adhering to the green chemical concept of “green, healthy and environmental protection”, CHANGHUA creates value with customers, adheres to the principle of zero accident, zero pollution, and becomes a pioneer in leading sustainable development and an innovator active in the field of new materials.

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