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Weekly News Roundup

There were so many news that came out last week that it is hard for me catching up with some of them. In this rare case, I am posting the weekly news roundup with only the headlines and links in order for the blog to be able to get a breathing space. My apologies.

  • Global Bioenergies receives 740,000 euros from OSEO, a French SME-funding state agency to support the creation of an isobutene production strain compatible with industrial pilot testing.
  • AkzoNobel exits fatty acid in China, invests in surfactants
  • Versalis signs agreement with Pirelli for joint research project on guayule-based natural rubber
  • Nike Accelerates Sustainable Textiles Commitment by Partnering with bluesign technologies
  • Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for Biomass Circulating Fluidized-Bed Steam Generator in South Korea
  • KNN, Anoxkaldnes Move Closer to PHA Plant in the Netherlands
  • Synthace Receives 5.3 Mn Pounds to Utilize Synthetic Biology for Producing Pigments
  • Radiator Specialty Company (RSC) has partnered with Sorbent Green, LLC
  • Avantium – UOP purchases Flowrence® Unit for Catalyst Testing in Refining Applications

Product Launches:

  • ZEAL Optics Introduces E-llume, the World’s First Bio Based Lens
  • Clariant presents the EcoTain® life cycle for safer and more environmentally-friendly paints
  • Clariant presents new renewable-based Ceridust® waxes
  • Teijin Develops Eco-friendly Wet-strong Printing Paper Made 100% with Recycled Polyester Derived from Used PET Bottles
  • Croda Coatings & Polymers Presents Priplast 100% Bio-based Polyester Polyols
  • Evonik has created a bio-based binder system for organic coil coatings


  • BioSolar to Supply BioBacksheet to Manufacturer of Specialty PV Panels for Electric Utility Vehicles
  • Masdar, Total and Abengoa Launch Shams 1, the World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant in Operation
  • Suntech to Close Arizona Factory

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.


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