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Bio-on, Kering Eyewear partners on PHA materials

Italy-based developer (and soon to be producer) of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) plastics recently announced its partnership with Kering Eyewear, part of the Kering Group, a global luxury group that develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewelry and watches.  Some of Kering Eyewear’s portfolio of brands include Gucci, Cartier, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, … Continue reading »

Plaxica sells technology portfolio

Hello blog readers! After 2 months of hiatus (and recovering from health problems), I am hoping to slowly get back to writing and let me start with this news from UK-based industrial biotechnology company, Plaxica, which recently announced the sale of its two technology business, its Xylex® cellulosic sugar technology and Versalac® lactic acid process … Continue reading »

PEF to be integrated in European PET recycling

This is big news coming from Synvina (the JV between Avantium and BASF) as the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) – a voluntary initiative of industry organizations representing waste collectors, plastic recyclers, PET material producers and brand owners, gave an interim approval for the recyclability of polyethylene furanoate (PEF). Following EPBP’s assessment, PEF bottles are … Continue reading »

BASF participates in circular economy initiatives

I just finished wrapping up five presentations (two that I personally worked on) about bio-based chemicals and bioeconomy for the incoming Nova Institute Bio-Materials conference next week in Cologne, Germany,(which my colleague, Philippa Davies will give the presentation) and for the Asia Petrochemicals Industry Conference (APIC) which will be held on 18-19 in Sapporo, Japan. This … Continue reading »

PepsiCo, Danimer in PHA collaboration

After a long media hiatus on biopolymer announcements, it seems PepsiCo is ready to come out and once again take the biopolymer challenge.  The company generated a lot of good/bad/funny publicity in 2009 when its subsidiary, Frito Lay, launched its new Sun Chips compostable packaged bag, which turned out to cause louder noise than the original … Continue reading »

Increase on Asian production capacities for bio-based chemicals, building blocks and polymers

I usually shy away from posting market studies and reports on bio-based chemicals because a) there are a lot of inflated figures being reported in the big world wide web; and b) it is frowned upon since I’m working for a consulting firm myself. However, nova Institute is a well-established, well-known expert in reporting about biopolymers … Continue reading »

Mazda uses isosorbide-based engineering plastics

We just published our first Biomaterials newsletter for the year and it’s a whopping 60 pages (yikes!). For our Tecnon OrbiChem subscribers, I hope you have the entire February to scan through the newsletter. One of the news we included is Mitsubishi Chemical’s announcement of the incorporation of its Durabio isosorbide-based engineering plastics on the … Continue reading »

Are there green premium for bioplastics?

Germany-based Nova Institute is currently conducting an ongoing number of surveys on green premium prices along the value chain of bio-based products on behalf of the European project BIOFOREVER.  Green Premium is defined by the survey as “the additional price a market actor is willing to pay for the additional emotional performance and/or the strategic … Continue reading »

Avantium acquires Liquid Light

Interesting news from Avantium but in short-to-medium term, this could complete the company’s (and its partners’) goal of sustainable polymers offering (e.g. CO2-based MEG + FDCA = PEF). Avantium announced today that it has acquired the assets of US-based Liquid Light Inc., which has developed proprietary process technology to make major chemicals from carbon dioxide … Continue reading »

Reverdia looks to China for collaboration

Bio-succinic acid producer, Reverdia, had two recent press releases and both of them announcing collaborations in China. This week, Reverdia has signed a strategic partnership with Hangzhou Xinfu Science & Technology Co. Ltd (Xinfu) for a long-term supply agreement of Reverdia’s Biosuccinium for use in bio-based polymers and co-polymers for the packaging industry. Xinfu will … Continue reading »

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