Company initiatives

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AkzoNobel, Fibria pulp partnership

AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business has completed the expansion of a Chemical Island in Brazil to support a major project for Brazilian forestry company Fibria. The world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests, Fibria has invested $2.2 billion to more than double pulp capacity at its mill in Três Lagoas to 3.25 million tons … Continue reading »

Emery Oleo bags USDA bio-based Herbicide certification

Emery Oleochemicals announced recently that its EMERION™ Herbicide products, EMERION™ 7000 Concentrate, EMERION™ 7030 Concentrate and EMERION™ 7020 Concentrate, have each been certified by the USDA as being a 100% biobased product; thus earning the right to display a unique label that highlights its percentage of biobased content. In addition, the EMERION™ 7020 and 7030 Concentrate … Continue reading »

BIO News: Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017

Just got this news from BIO… BIO Applauds Senate Introduction of Renewable Chemicals Tax Credit Washington, D.C. (Oct. 19, 2017) – The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today thanked Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and co-sponsors Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Al Franken (D-MN) for introducing the Renewable Chemicals Act of … Continue reading »

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 »

Corbion acquires TerraVia for $20m

Corbion, which specializes in lactic acid and derivatives, recently announced the acquisition of substantially all assets of TerraVia Holdings (formerly Solazyme), which will result in an expansion of its product platform to include microalgae-based food and specialty ingredients. Corbion has paid a cash purchase price of around $20m but it expects the total investments to … Continue reading »

Nike launches Flyleather sneakers

I’ve mentioned Modern Meadow’s biofabricated leather and the sustainability benefits of this technology in my last post. However, Nike also recently launched its new Flyleather material, which has been incorporated in its Tennis Classic footwear style now available online and as well as in several limited edition footwear styles. Nike’s Flyleather material is made with … Continue reading »

Modern Meadow launches biofabricated leather

The biofabrication age has arrived and according to New Jersey-based bio-advanced materials developer, Modern Meadow, it will start next year soft commercial launches of products made from its first biofabricated leather material under the brand name Zoa™. I was able to attend Modern Meadow’s pop-up exhibit here in New York City (SoHo) to see for … Continue reading »

SC Johnson to Acquire Method and Ecover

I just saw this news about SC Johnson agreeing to purchase Method and Ecover for an undisclosed amount. This is an interesting news since Method and Ecover (I believe) are the two largest manufacturers of several bio-based cleaning and home care products. Belgium-based Ecover bought US-based Method in 2012.   SC Johnson Signs Agreement to … Continue reading »

Covestro develops bio-based aniline

I’ve written a more comprehensive analysis of Covestro’s development of bio-based aniline at Tecnon OrbiChem’s September Biomaterials issue. According to Covestro, about 5m tons/year of petro-based aniline is produced worldwide and the company is a leading producer with a capacity of about 1m tons/year, for use largely as a precursor for rigid polyurethane foam.  Covestro … 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 »

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