Past Project Examples

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


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

Insurance claim investigation / Polymerisation process failure.
A major chemical manufacturer had a series of operating problems with a licensed polymerisation 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 translated the complex technical issues into an agreed framework of events and consequences, which the parties used as a basis for negotiating liability.

Process cost estimation / Lubricant Additives.
A global specialty chemical company were seeking to build on a niche position in the lubricant additives sector. Although the client had world-class inhouse process chemistry and engineering knowhow, they found it difficult to get the "big picture" overview needed to identify the most significant opportunities and to deploy their resources effectively. bm4tech provided expert interpretation of public domain information taken from patent filings, regulatory databases and company reports, in order to develop production cost estimates for the major product types, allowing the client to make an informed evaluation of the profitability of incumbent market players and of their own competitive potential.