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Custom Manufacturing – Introduction

Leveraging resources for custom solutions
FutureFuel is a major supplier of custom and fine chemicals. As our chemicals business maintains focus on specialty products and invests in new capabilities, we continue to develop new processes and products and use our emerging and historical technologies to manufacture custom products for our customers. Utilizing our existing technologies and production capabilities in conjunction with our top of the line staff of researchers, engineers and technologists, we provide services not offered by many other custom and fine chemical providers.

“Right-Size” manufacturing
Providing high quality products in quantities from grams to railcars is FutureFuel’s heritage. With more than 30 years of batch manufacturing experience, FutureFuel’s Custom Manufacturing business offers expertise in developing and manufacturing organic chemicals while focusing on providing top-flight service to our customers. We routinely scale-up processes from the laboratory to commercial manufacturing including both batch-wise and continuous processing. If smaller quantities are needed for market development, we can provide material to support your product growth at each stage of market development.

Ready to meet your needs
Whether your immediate need is a unique business solution, process scale-up, or an extension of your manufacturing line, FutureFuel is ready to discuss how we can serve you with both fine and custom chemical manufacturing capabilities.

Terms and Conditions of Purchase and Sale
Terms and Conditions of Purchase
Terms and Conditions of Sales

Industries Served

In the 1980’s, the Batesville site that is now FutureFuel expanded its charge beyond producing high quality photographic chemicals and developed new technologies and product lines. By adding a vibrant custom manufacturing business and a stable of performance and fine chemicals, FutureFuel became a premier company in the Fine and Specialty Chemical Industry. Today, we serve custom and fine chemical customers in the following markets:

  • Agrochemicals
  • Industrial and consumer products
    1. Detergent additives
    2. Cosmetics and personal care products
    3. Ink colorants
    4. Adhesion promoters
    5. Polymer additives
    6. Polymer and specialty dyes
    7. Specialty polymers
    8. Photographic and imaging chemicals
    9. Food additives
  • Bioproducts

Research & Development

Research & Development

Analytical Support
FutureFuel has an extensive team of analytical chemists with state-of-the-art instrumentation supported by FutureFuel’s Analytical Group, keeping us in the forefront of analytical technology.

Corporate Research and Development

  • Calorimetry labs (safety evaluations, thermal studies, reaction modeling)
  • Model reactor labs (process optimization and capability studies, designed experiments)
  • GC and LC mass spectroscopy
  • ReactIR™ for monitoring reactions
  • 400 megahertz spectrometer (NMR)
  • ICP for metals
  • Wide variety of chromatographic instrumentation

Selected Synthesis Capabilities

Experience with Most of the Common Transformations in Organic Chemistry.

Acid Chlorides
Aldol Condensation
Alkylation, Reductive
Amino Acid Derivatives
Asymmetric Synthesis
Catalytic Reduction
Chemical Reduction

Halogen Replacement
Heterocyclic Chemistry
Nucleophilic Substitution
Organometallic Reactions
Phase Transfer Reactions
Ring Closure

Hazardous Materials Handled

Acetic Anhydride
Acrylic Acid
Aluminum Chloride
Anhydrous HCl
Chlorosulfonic Acid
Ethyl Mercaptan
Hydrazine Hydrate
Hydrogen Peroxide, 35%

Phosphorous Oxychloride
Phosphorous Trichloride
Polymerization Initiators
Powerful Reducing Agents
Sodium Methylate
Sulfuric Acid
Sulfuryl Chloride
Thionyl Chloride

Manufacturing Capabilities

General Information

FutureFuel is located on a 2,200-acre site along the White River near Batesville, AR. Since beginning operations in early 1977 as a producer of photographic intermediates, FutureFuel has grown to become a world-class supplier of custom and specialty organic chemicals.

Today, chemical intermediates produced by FutureFuel are used in manufacturing such diverse products as color film and photographic paper, paints and coatings, plastics and bottle polymers, medical supplies, prescription medicines, food supplements, household detergents, and agricultural products.

Manufacturing Capabilities
FutureFuel has the people, facilities, and technology to offer a variety of specialty chemical products, including fine and performance chemicals in quantities ranging from a few hundred pounds to many millions of pounds. Toll conversions and custom syntheses are also available for meeting specific customer needs.

Modern, general-purpose batch processing equipment features state-of-the-art computer-controlled technology. Dedicated continuous processing facilities can be provided to meet customer production requirements.

Full Range of Manufacturing Scales

FutureFuel has a proven track record of product development and scale-up. Our wide-ranging capabilities allow us to support your product from the laboratory, through market development, and finally into full-scale commercial requirements.

Laboratory Stage
Dedicated laboratories, staffed with highly experienced Ph.D. chemists, support research and process development and can supply samples for customer qualifications. When necessary, the appropriate laboratory and technical resources are available to tackle development needs for complex custom projects.

Small Scale
As requirements for market development levels or product qualifications increase, our small-scale manufacturing capabilities provide reliable manufacturing resources. Our facilities are designed to support product scale-up as well as small-scale manufacturing for lower initial volumes of products.

General Purpose Facilities
As your market demand grows, FutureFuel uses industry leading practices for process scale-up. We also provide manufacturing assistance when your market demand outgrows your existing capacities – or if you want to free up your existing plant for other projects. FutureFuel is a reliable, high-quality, competitive supplier, able to meet your requirements for 10 or 100,000 tons.

Medium-scale Dedicated Facilities
If your market is developed and you need the flexibility of a general-purpose facility combined with the low operating cost of a dedicated facility, FutureFuel has the capability to build custom designed plants or to retrofit existing facilities with the cost benefit of utilizing shared infrastructure.

Large Dedicated Facilities
When market demand necessitates the need for a stand-alone, custom-designed plant, FutureFuel has the available infrastructure and expertise to meet your specific requirements.

General Purpose Custom Manufacturing Equipment

Experience with Most of the Common Transformations in Organic Chemistry.

9 – 1000 Gal. Glass-Lined (GL)
26 – 2,000 Gal. GL
10 – 3,000 Gal. GL
11 – 2,000 Gal. Stain. Steel (SS)
14 – 3,000 Gal. SS
1 – 4,500 Gal. SS

13 – SS Nutsches
23 – Resin-coated Nutsches
8 – SS Vertical Basket Centrifuges
4 – Alloy C Vertical Basket Centrifuges
2 – SS Horizontal Solid Bowl Centrifuges

1 – 1000 Gal. GL Batch Still
1 – 1,500 Gal. SS Vacuum Still
1 – 2,000 Gal. SS Batch Still
1 – 2,500 Gal. GL Batch Still
1 – 2,500 Gal. SS Batch Still
1 – 3,000 Gal. GL Batch Still

3 – 8 ft. GL Rotary Double-Cone Vacuum
6 – 8 ft. SS Rotary Double-Cone Vacuum
1 – 8 sq. meter SS Auto Filter Dryer
2 – 8 sq. meter Alloy C Auto Filter Dryers
1 – 300 sq. foot Alloy C Tubular Dryer

Pollution Abatement
10 – Particulate Water Scrubber
12 – Caustic Scrubbers
RTO – Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer

1 – SS Flaker System
54 – Weigh/Tanks
6 – Agitated Mix Tanks
Numerous Bulk Tanks

Manufacturing Resources

Large Dedicated Custom

Large Dedicated Custom

Lab Scale

Lab Scale


Additional Equipment

  • 1 continuous glass sulfonator (500 gal) (with 20% oleum service)
  • 1 glass process vessel (1,000 gal)
  • 10 SS process vessels (400 to 6,000 gal)
  • 4 Bird solid bowl centrifuges
  • 3 SS/Alloy C-276 reaction/distillation columns
  • 2 ring dryer
  • 2 extruders
  • 1 grinder/screener solid product sizing
  • 4 SS bulk tanks (1×10 K, 1×16 K, 2×56 K gal)
  • 6 SS solid storage silos (up to 1,450 cu ft)
  • 3 solid weigh feeders
  • 1 rotary drum cooler
  • 1 200 ton refrigeration machine (12 deg F)
  • 4 solid conveying systems (closed loop nitrogen)