25 June 2012 00:00 [Source: ICB]
CMMFC CONVERTS TO BIO-BASED EO/MEG
Taiwan's China Man-Made Fiber Corp. (CMMFC) plans to change the feedstock for its monoethylene glycol (MEG) production from the current naphtha-based ethylene to bio-based ethylene starting in June. Its two 75,000 tonne/year MEG plants at Kaohsiung will be connected to the new 100,000 tonne/year bio-based ethylene plant at the same site once it achieves on-spec and stable operations. The start-up schedule of the ethylene plant is three months behind the company's original February schedule.
BASF, BIOTORK IN GREEN CHEM COLLABORATION
US biotechnology firm BioTork has partnered with German chemical firm BASF to optimize certain microbial strains for the industrial production of bio-based polymers and green chemicals.
LS9 STARTS RENEWABLE CHEMS DEMO PLANT
US renewable chemical firm LS9 has started its 75,000 gal/year demonstration plant in Okeechobee, Florida, which will produce commercial samples of biodiesel and chemicals such as fatty alcohols. The facility will also be used to test and optimize new process conditions.
DANIMER SELLS BIO-ADHESIVE FOR PET
US-based DaniMer Scientific has developed a bio-based label adhesive to overcome challenges in recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. The new label adhesive uses bio-based succinic acid supplied by US renewable chemical firm Myriant, combined with DuPont Tate & Lyle's bio-based propanediol (PDO) under the trademark Susterra. The competitively priced adhesive dissolves completely in PET flake caustic wash recycling operations without clumps or sticky matter, resulting in zero contamination in PET recycle streams.
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