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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 »

NatureWorks launches Performance Chemicals Division

While NatureWorks has already been working on this new business model of launching lactides-based performance chemicals a year back, the company finally made it official with a new division and product line called Vercet™, which aims to supply lactides, polyols, binder resins and chemical intermediates to companies that manufacture innovative coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers … Continue reading »

EU bio-solvent project, ReSolve, launched

ReSolve, a €4.3 million EU project focused on replacing traditional, fossil-based solvents, was officially launched today. Led by the University of York, the project consortium is comprised of 11 partners from 5 different countries, including Circa Group subsidiary company Circa Sustainable Chemicals UK Ltd. ReSolve, an abbreviation of ‘Renewable solvents with high performance in applications … 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 »

Video: BASF, Avantium discuss the potential of FDCA

Avantium’s Tom van Aken and Stefan Blank, President of BASF’s Intermediates Division, discuss their cooperation regarding the production of a new and bio based raw material using furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). Their Synvina joint venture aims to start construction of an FDCA reference plant by the end of 2018, with sales of FDCA and PEF (polyethylene furanoate) expected … Continue reading »

DSM, Evonik form Veramaris algae-based omega-3 fatty acids JV

Royal DSM has long been in the microalgae oil business after it acquired Martek Biosciences in 2010 for a whopping $1 billion (see my old article on this link). The company has been pretty quiet when it comes to announcements within this business but I guess this is about to change (watch out Terravia!). DSM … Continue reading »

Dell now uses ocean plastics in computer packaging

Dell announced the first shipment of ocean plastics packaging for its Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 resulting from its commercial-scale pilot program where the company collected and recycles plastics from waterways and beaches for use in packaging tray. In 2017, the pilot program collected 16,000 pounds of plastic from entering the ocean. (Wouldn’t it also be wonderful if these plastics … 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 »

Helm signs off-take ethyl acetate supply with Greenyug

Germany-based chemical distributor, Helm AG has signed an off-take agreement for the purchase and sale of bio-based ethyl acetate produced at Greenyug’s planned ethyl acetate facility in Columbus, Nebraska, which will be owned and operated by Greenyug’s subsidiary, Prairie Catalytic LLC. The production facility is going to be located next to Archer Daniels Midland’s (ADM) … Continue reading »

Dutch biomass sugar partnership formed

More cellulosic sugar partnerships are taking place, and this one is in Europe. Avantium announced a partnership with AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer for the development of a reference biorefinery plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl, which will be based on a new technology that has been developed by Avantium. This Zambezi process aims … Continue reading »

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