Past Project Examples

To illustrate bm4tech capabilities, here are some thumbnail summaries of typical past projects.

Biofuel diversification / Bio-based lubricant basefluid costing
A biofuel producer were considering diversification into bio-based materials. From previous work with academics and business consultants they had identified bio-lubricants as a promising sector. However, their previous consulting partners did not have the specialist knowledge necessary to develop a product offering and take the project forward. bm4tech provided detailed definition of the relevant materials currently used in bio-lubricants, including composition and specification requirements. bm4tech also carried out a review of the client's current manufacturing capability and their available raw material streams, identifying the additional process equipment which would be required and an estimate of cost of manufacture for a key target product.

Ester surfactant process optimisation.
A SE Asian oleochemical producer were seeking to extend their emulsifier product range. They had recently invested in new production plant based on a proprietary batch reactor design, but found they were unable to meet industry standard specifications for some products. bm4tech provided technical analysis of the process chemistry and of the product composition / property relationships. This analysis showed that the reactor design that the client had purchased was inherently inefficient for some of the intended  products, enabling the client to focus their market development efforts on other products which were within their production capability.

Insurance claim investigation / Polymerisation process failure.
A major chemical producer had a series of operating problems with a licensed process, eventually leading to an extended unplanned shutdown and significant loss of production. The resulting insurance claim was contested. bm4tech provided independent expert review of the investigations carried out by the producer and licensor. The bm4tech report summarised the complex technical issues into an agreed framework of events and consequences, which the parties used as a basis for negotiating liability.