NatureWorks, one of the world’s leading suppliers of biopolymers with Ingeo™ fibers and plastics made from plants, not oil, has named Cromex S.A. as its Ingeo distributor in Brazil. Cromex will bring Ingeo to its broad customer base of thermoformers, film extruders and injection molders. Read the rest of this entry »
Braskem, one of the leading thermoplastic resin producers in the Americas and among the world’s largest biopolymer producers, announces the expansion of its portfolio of renewable products with the launch of its new line of green low-density polyethylene (LDPE), with this new product family complementing it’s already well known Green Plastics. Annual production of the new resin will amount to approximately 30 kton and the product will be made available in the market starting in January 2014.
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Brenntag to Help Accelerate Commercial Progress of BioAmber’s Bio-SA™ and Derivatives in the AmericasJune 16, 2013
BioAmber has partnered with Brenntag in the Americas for distribution of its Bio-SA™ bio-based succinic acid and derivatives, including bio-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO).
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It was only a matter of time before scientists found a way to recycle the 750,000 tons of crustacean shells which are disposed of in the EU every year.
Asia has successfully managed to extract polymer chitosan (used to make filters, foils and wound dressings) produced from shrimp shells. But in Europe crustaceans contain more lime, so processing is more complex and not economical. Also, the high content of calcium carbonate (known as CaCO3) of EU crab shell waste has prevented cost effective conversions to chitosan so far.
However, a solution has come from the ChiBio Project, which is developing an integrated biorefinery for processing chitin-rich biowaste, to specialty and fine chemicals. ChiBio is led by the Straubing Project Group BioCat of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, with a consortium of 11 European partners and has been awarded EU funding of nearly EUR 3 million.
Chemical engineering researchers Wei Fan, Paul Dauenhauer and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reported that they’ve discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of common plastics, at 90 percent yield from lignocellulosic biomass, the highest yield achieved to date. Details are in the current issue of Green Chemistry.
Journal site: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/gc/c3gc40740c
Ultra-selective cycloaddition of dimethylfuran for renewable p-xylene with H-BEA Chun-Chih Chang,a Sara K. Green,a C. Luke Williams,a Paul J. Dauenhauer and Wei Fan
Green Chem., 2013, Advance Article
More at: Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation: www.efrc.udel.edu
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Roquette has a wide experience in producing sorbitol-based clarifiers using an efficient and environmentally sustainable production process. By offering DISORBENE® 3, Roquette opens a new reputable source for bis-DMBS, a state-of-the-art clarifier developed and sold by Milliken under the registered trade name Millad® 3988, and provides additional capacity for this widely used clarifier to meet the growing needs of the polymer industry.
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Domtar has successfully started up a commercial-scale LignoBoost™ lignin separation plant at its Plymouth, North Carolina mill, in the USA. This is the first commercial installation of a LignoBoost plant in the world and the technology is supplied by Metso.
Lignin from black liquor is now on a full scale. Lignin for fuel applications or refining is obtained in large quantities from kraft mill black liquor using the LignoBoost process (developed by Chalmers University of Technology and Innventia, now owned by Metso). While this first commercial plant has just been been commissioned by Domtar in the USA, at Innventia’s LignoBoost demonstration facility in Bäckhammar, various special grades of kraft lignin have been made for several years. A number of interesting applications are being tested, such as antioxidants, binders and dispersants.
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Company delivers on promise to come on-stream before year’s end, using unique and proprietary low-pH yeast technology to make Biosuccinium™ with best-in-class environmental footprint.
Reverdia, the joint venture between life sciences and materials sciences company DSM and Roquette Frères, a global producer of starch and starch-derivatives, has begun operations in Cassano Spinola, Italy, at a commercial-scale plant producing Biosuccinium™ sustainable succinic acid. The plant, which has a capacity of about 10,000 tonnes/yr, is unique in its kind, being the world’s first dedicated large-scale plant for the production of succinic acid from renewable resources. It is also the only commercial facility to benefit from experience gained using low-pH yeast technology on a demonstration plant scale; Reverdia regards this as essential to be able to promise further improvements in product quality.
Altuglas International and NatureWorks launch worldwide marketing collaboration for New High Performance Alloys Incorporating Ingeo biopolymersMarch 20, 2013
Altuglas International, a subsidiary of Arkema group, with its Plexiglas® and Altuglas® acrylic resins (Americas and Rest of World, respectively) and NatureWorks, a leader in the bio-plastics market with its Ingeo™ biopolymers derived from plants, have signed a global co-marketing agreement. The agreement is designed to deliver a range of newly formulated bio-based, high performance alloys based on polymethylmethacrylate and Ingeo.
Le groupe Roquette a développé et breveté une référence de résine végétale spécialement adaptée à la production de mousses biosourcées. Elle vient compléter la gamme de résines Gaïalene® déjà commercialisée par Roquette et produite à partir d’une ressource végétale non OGM largement disponible en Europe.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed methods and product innovations for processing the most rapidly renewable surface layer of peat instead of using it for energy production. The goal is to develop bio-based composite materials containing peat fibre, for example for the manufacture of consumer products and construction materials, at the same time reducing the use of oil-based raw materials in production.
The huge quantity of pits discarded by the Mexican avocado food product industry is about to become one of the latest feedstocks for bioplastics. The Mexican company Biofase has developed a 100 percent biodegradable, compostable polymer made from avocado pits and is offering the polymer for use as either resins or additives.
Natureplast, société française spécialisée dans le domaine des bioplastiques, a développé en collaboration avec son centre de R&D européen Biopolynov une nouvelle gamme de bioplastiques issue de ressources non alimentaires.
Algix, LLC is a bioplastics company developing novel thermoplastic formulations and resins using feedstocks from renewable sources. The Algix Bio-resins derive up to 70% of their feedstock from aquatic biomass obtained from nitrogen and phosphorus-rich wastewater, blended with various concentrations of PE, PP, EVA, PLA, TPS, PHA… for use in a wide range of end-use applications.
Algix has partnered with the University of Georgia and Kimberly-Clark to commercialize the cultivation of aquatic biomass, such as algae, as a feedstock for bioplastic conversion. The company is targeting agricultural and industrial operations, such as livestock farms and wastewater treatment facilities, as a source of low-cost nutrients for high productivity aquatic biomass cultivation. Additionally, Algix is developing customized bioplastic formulations for industrial, commercial and retail applications.
Injection molded 3-D prototype containers comprised of at least 50% algae biomass
Algix’s approach allows industries (textile, agriculture, aquaculture, municipal, etc.) the opportunity to capture their lowest-value waste product. Through bioremediation using algae and aquatic macrophytes, photosynthesis captures solar energy and converts the wastewater nutrients into protein-rich biomass that can be used as raw material for composite formulations to make bioplastics. With proper investment facilitating economies of scale, this material may become a viable option for those looking for a cost-competitive, bio-based, thermoplastic resin and masterbatch. Read the rest of this entry »
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products recently announced that it granted Nam Liong Enterprise Co., Ltd., a license to use its corporate brand with Nam Liong’s Ureamax® Plus TPU films. Ureamax® Plus is used as a membrane in the manufacturing of waterproof and/or breathable textiles and contains a minimum 20 percent by weight of Susterra® biobased propanediol. The brand license can also be used in its Enprotex® Plus waterproof and/or breathable woven fabrics containing at least 20 percent by weight Susterra® content in the TPU or PU-based resin.
INEOS, Accsys team-up to develop and market Tricoya® tech for wood plastic composites globally (acetylated wood for building applications)October 13, 2012
INEOS Technologies and Accsys Technologies have formed a 50:50 Joint Venture to further develop and commercialize Tricoya® technology on a worldwide basis. The new business will trade under the name of Tricoya® Technologies Ltd.
As part of the agreement Accsys will grant the Joint Venture exclusive global rights to its proprietary acetylation technology for the production and licensing of Tricoya® for use within medium density fiberboard (MDF), particle board and wood plastic composites.
In Belgium, a collaboration between Proviron and Reverdia has resulted in the introduction of Provichem 2511 Eco, a di-methyl-succinate that can be used as a solvent and a raw material for fine chemicals such as pigments and UV stabilizers. Reverdia produces and sells Biosuccinium, its registered brand of bio-based succinic acid, which is produced using a unique and proprietary low pH yeast technology. Read the rest of this entry »
The company Xylophane has been granted € 1.7 million from the EU program, LIFE+. Within the framework of the four-year project, RenewPACK, Xylophane shall show industrial production, use of the material for food packaging and demonstrate the environmental benefits of the packaging material. Read the rest of this entry »
Bridgestone Corporation is exhibiting its concept tire of “100% sustainable materials*1″ at the ongoing 2012 Paris Motor Show,*2. The tire are representing an example of Bridgestone’s use of advanced materials technologies to achieve the commitment of using “100% sustainable materials” in its tire manufacturing for 2050 and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »
GEORGIA GULF, GALATA CHEMICALS COLLABORATE ON BIO-BASED VINYL MATERIALS CONTAINING DRAPEX® ALPHA PLASTICIZERJuly 25, 2012
Georgia Gulf Corporation and Galata Chemicals today announced a collaborative effort to develop a line of flexible biobased PVC compounds containing Drapex® Alpha, a primary plasticizer produced from renewable feedstocks by Galata Chemicals.
Purac, a Dutch Lactide producer with 80 years of experience in Lactic Acid production, has earned the reputation of a reliable, expert partner with a high quality, innovative product portfolio. Over the last decade, their R&D efforts have focused on the development of high quality Lactides for PLA (Poly Lactic Acid). This has resulted in the launch of their PURALACT® product line; enabling PLA homopolymers with performance qualities to rival some of the most established and trusted plastics in use today.
The oleochemical company Oleon has started up a new manufacturing plant for producing bio propylene glycol (PG) from glycerin in Ertvelde, Belgium. PG is a versatile alcohol contained in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, as well as solvents and plasticizers.
Dyadic International, Inc. (“Dyadic”), a global biotechnology company focusing on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzymes and others proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial enzyme industries, recently unveiled its latest biofuels enzyme advancement, AlternaFuel® CMAX3™. This next generation product enables the production of cellulosic biofuels and bio-based chemicals from a wide range of renewable non-food feedstocks under broad operating conditions.
With fierce competition between tea brands, tea bag design has become more innovative. In a drive to improve sustainability, the latest bags are made from the bioplastic polylactic acid (PLA). The advantages of the new bags are that they are made from a renewable material and are compostable, says Eamonn Tighe, business development manager at US-based bioplastics producer NatureWorks.
hte – the high throughput experimentation company and Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc., producer of high-performance renewable specialty chemicals recently announced a research collaboration for the development of bio-based specialty lubricants. In this collaboration hte used its in-house developed multifold high throughput autoclave testing unit and leveraged the expertise of its experienced project team.
International sustainable resins supplier, Cardia Bioplastics Limited, and leading rigid plastic packaging company, Alto Packaging, have announced a strategic partnership to produce high performance packaging solutions with environmental benefits.
Toray and Gevo Sign Bio-Paraxylene Offtake Agreement for the World’s 1st Pilot-scale Fully Renewable, Bio-based Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) ProductionJuly 20, 2012
Toray Industries, Inc. (headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan; President, CEO & COO: Akihiro Nikkaku; hereafter referred to as “Toray”) in partnership with Gevo, Inc. (head office: Englewood, Colorado, U.S.; CEO: Patrick R. Gruber; hereafter referred to as “Gevo”), a leading company in renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, signed an offtake agreement for renewable bio-paraxylene(bioPX) produced at Gevo’s planned pilot plant. The agreement will enable Toray to carry out pilot-scale production of fully renewable, bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (fully bioPET), of its fibers and films for the first time in the world. Toray also plans to offer samples to its business partners, who are the end-users, in 2013 for market evaluation.
Biobased Resins Made from Susterra® Propanediol Adopted by Panasonic Corporation Eco Solutions CompanyJuly 20, 2012
First Time that Biobased Resins Used in Asia Pacific for Wet Area System Materials
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products today announced that Panasonic Corporation Eco Solutions Company has adopted biobased resins made with Susterra® Propanediol for their new line of kitchen and bathroom systems. The new integrated kitchen system, “Living Station,” and bathroom system, “Cococino,” both use biobased resins made with Susterra® and are now available commercially through Panasonic Corporation Eco Solutions Company.
In Paris, at the summer Interfilière (7/8/9 July), the world’s leading fabric trade fair for intimatewear, beachwear and loungewear, RadiciGroup and Ritex SpA are launching a product that is both high-quality and eco-friendly: a lace fabric from Ritex SpA – an Italian company and European leader in lingerie embroidery, which has among its customers prestigious names such as Chantelle and La Perla, just to cite a few – manufactured using CornLeaf, a yarn made by RadiciGroup from Ingeo™ polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer, a 100% natural material made from renewable vegetable resources.
Gevo and Beta Renewables (Chemtex/TPG) Sign Agreement to Develop Integrated Process for Cellulosic IsobutanolJuly 20, 2012
Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a leading renewable chemicals and next-generation biofuels company, signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Beta Renewables, a joint venture between Chemtex and TPG, to develop an integrated process for the production of bio-based isobutanol from cellulosic, non-food biomass.
The project would integrate Beta’s PROESATM technology and Gevo’s GIFT® and ATJ technologies, with anticipated production plants to be located where cellulosic feedstocks such as switchgrass, miscanthus, agriculture residues and other biomass will be readily available. The agreement also anticipates commercialization of the technology upon project success, which could enable renewably sourced, competitively priced jet fuel as well as other chemicals and fuels made from isobutanol.
Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a leading renewable chemicals and next-generation biofuels company, signed a collaborative agreement today with the intent to site a cellulosic biomass isobutanol facility in Southeast Asia. Gevo’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Chris Ryan, signed the collaborative agreement with representatives from the Malaysian government’s East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC), Malaysian Biotechnology Corp (BiotechCorp) and the State Government of Terengganu.
Solvay announced that its Thai affiliate Vinythai will serve the vast and growing Chinese epichlorohydrin market with a new production plant in Taixing, China. The plant with an initial capacity of 100,000 tons epichlorohydrin per year requires an investment of EUR 155 million and should become operational in the second half of 2014.
Bioplastics maker DaniMer Scientific LLC has struck a deal that allows Standridge Color Corp. to produce DaniMer’s materials at a plant in theCzech Republic.
New biodegradable packaging with antioxidant properties, made from the sugars present in the wastewaterJune 15, 2012
AIMPLAS (Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico) and the technology center Ainia participate in the project in addition to the company Citresa, the European Association of Fruit Juices (AIJN) and nine other international partners.
The project seeks to answer two of the most pressing current problems in the food industry: management of wastewater and the generation of biodegradable packaging for their products.
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On 4 June 2012 a Biobased Kidshouse, sponsored by Purac, was opened by the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. The Biobased Kidshouse is an initiative of BE-Basic, an international public-private partnership, funded by the Dutch government in the field of sustainable chemistry and ecology. The Biobased Kidshouse intends to educate children with respect to biobased materials, in order to promote a biobased economy towards future generations.
The Biopolymer Company – specialist for sustainable thermoplastic materials closed a contract in 2011 with BRASKEM, the world market leader for bio-based polyolefins. TECNARO produces compounds with sugar cane based Green PE from BRASKEM in a special product line of the material family ARBOBLEND®. The biopolymer compounds include grades for injection molding, (film) extrusion, thermoforming, melt spinning, etc.
“Objective of the cooperation is the development of new applications in order to increase the product portfolio made from Green PE” says Claudia Cappra, Commercial Manager of BRASKEM.
It is not just consumer products companies who are jumping into the bioplastics arena but premium brand company Gucci also realized the benefits of bioplastic.
Bridgestone Corporation announced that it has successfully polymerized high-cis polyisoprene (IR) synthetic rubber from isoprene provided by Ajinomoto Co, Inc., a partner in synthetic rubber development for tires. Isoprene is produced with biomass.
Demand for tires is expected to increase in tandem with rising car ownership worldwide, and the Bridgestone Group is committed to promoting the development of technologies and business models that contribute to greater use of recyclable and renewable resources in order to build a sustainable society.
Braskem will install, right in the middle of Rio+20, a functioning recycling plant that will transform plastic waste into furniture made from plastic wood. The recycling plant will be in operation at Athletes Park (Parque dos Atletas), which is one of the focal points of this United Nations global conference to discuss the green economy. Those participating in the event will learn all about how plastic wood furniture is made, which looks very similar to furniture made from rustic wood. Read the rest of this entry »
Working closely with a European manufacturer of protective packaging Cardia Bioplastics has developed Compostable Bubble Wrap made from its certified compostable resin and launches it into the European market.
Cellulosic biomass technology developer GraalBio is planning to help build Brazil’s biorefinery industry with a R$300m ($146m) investment of a new 22m gallons/year cellulosic ethanol plant to be constructed in Alagoas using sugarcane bagasse and straw for initial feedstock.
International sustainable resins supplier Cardia Bioplastics was selected as development partner to help Sealed Air bring break through environmental performance to customers with its innovative Fill-Air® inflatable packaging. The new Fill-Air R5® brand expresses Sealed Air’s environmental commitment to renewable and recycled content, plus reduced, re-used and re-cycled product.
European engineering company Uhde Inventa-Fischer announced last week that it is now offering to build facilities that can produce at least 40,000 tonnes/year of renewable-based PBS (can be completely or partially bio-based) using Uhde’s patented energy-efficient process reactors under the trademark ESPREE and DISCAGE.
Interiors manufacturer Johnson Controls is providing innovative door panels, seat structures and instrument clusters for the new BMW 3 Series.
The door panels for this new car are made using a combination of natural fibers and polypropylene that is 20 percent lighter than conventional components.
BioTork and The NCERC at SIUE announced recently the successful completion of the first step in a joint development program intended to improve the processes and economics of ethanol production.
During the first step of this program, BioTork used proprietary technology developed by Evolugate to facilitate, via adaptive evolution, growth optimization of yeast genetically engineered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The result is a strain of yeast that can grow on xylose as the sole source of carbon with ~3 fold faster growth rate.