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Braskem, Topsoe to build a demo bio-MEG plant

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate here in the USA! I still have more ‘catching up’ posts and this one has already been announced back in July during the BIO World Congress but I guess the press statement (delivered by our friends from Sustainability Consult) just made it official. Braskem has signed a partnership with … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

Anellotech starts Bio-BTX pilot production tests

Bio-aromatics technology developer, Anellotech, along with its engineering partner, IFPEN/Axens, announced late last month that it has completed a successful continuous performance test of the TCat-8 pilot plant as part of unit commissioning in Silsbee, Texas. The test involved continuous injection of MinFree(tm) woody biomass feedstock and production of BTX and other chemical by-products. The … Continue reading »

ADM enters glucaric acid production

Johnson Matthey and Rennovia announced today that they have signed a license agreement with Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) to provide catalyst and process technology for catalytic production of bio-based glucaric acid. The licensed process, jointly developed between Johnson Matthey and Rennovia, combines the efficiency and selectivity of heterogeneous catalytic process technology with the use of … Continue reading »

VIDEO: Novamont introduces bio-BDO

Last year, Novamont started the world’s first commercial bio-1,4 butanediol (BDO) production in the world. Here’s a video briefly explaining in simple terms what BDO is about and how bio-BDO is processed.

Pilot Plant Demonstrates the Potential to Co-Process Biomass Streams with Petroleum

It’s Saturday and I am still working on my Biomaterials newsletter (poor me!) but I just want to post this press release from the US DOE as I find this technology very interesting. Cut and paste story below: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with leading petroleum refining technologies supplier W.R. Grace, and leading … Continue reading »

Leaf Resources in biorefinery JV

I had an interesting interview with Australia-based Leaf Resources regarding their biomass pre-treatment technology called Glycell, which uses glycerol as a reagent, in order to break down plant biomass into lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose at low temperature and pressure. Leaf Resources recently announced a joint venture called Leaf Development LLC with Claeris LLC of Dallas, … Continue reading »

S2G Biochemicals starts bio-glycols campaign

I had a very interesting interview with S2G BioChemicals‘ CEO, Mark Kirby, on their road to commercialization of not only bio-based glycols, MEG and MPG, but also an undisclosed high value specialty chemical that the company is currently collaborating with a Fortune 100 partner. I will report all of this for Tecnon OrbiChem’s Biomaterials newsletter … Continue reading »

GFBiochemicals to start using wood waste feedstock in 2016

I always enjoyed visiting production facilities and learning how chemicals are produced in reality! And yes, like somebody I know – you know who you are! 😉  –  I also enjoyed taking a selfie with my protective gear on (hard hat, lab coat, eyewear, etc). GFBiochemicals was kind enough to invite me to their press … Continue reading »

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