bm4tech

Past Project Examples

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

 



IP Expert Witness / Synthetic Lubricants
A major chemical company faced competitor patent applications relating to use of synthetic fluids, which potentially restricted their sales opportunities in a rapidly developing market sector. bm4tech acted as expert witness support to the client IP team, by reviewing prior art, providing written submissions and participating in opposition hearings in Japan and EU, leading to a favourable outcome for the client.


Process Chemistry / Bio-based surfactants
A global chemical producer had invested in a significant capacity increase for bio-based surfactants, involving transfer of production to a different site. However, they had problems with startup. 9 months after commissioning they were still unable to achieve target production rates or product specifications for any of the intended product range. bm4tech were asked to provide technical support for a project to modify and optimise process conditions. The bm4tech investigation identified problems with materials management, batch process control and interpretation of process analysis. bm4tech provided a structured action plan to address these issues and to control variability, which resulted in stabilisation of the process and rapid achievement of design rates and specifications.


PAG fluids market analysis
A S Asian chemical producer were interested in the market for polyalkylene glycols (PAGs). Commercially available market survey reports gave a confusing picture of this highly fragmented sector, with much recycling of obsolete information. bm4tech provided current expert interpretation, to enable the client to distinguish product types and to understand performance requirements and demand drivers for each sub-application. The client could then analyse their competitive strengths and weaknesses compared to incumbent producers and target the most appropriate opportunities.