Archive | May, 2011

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SusChem to play key role in European Innovation Partnerships

A strong commitment to playing a leading role in the European Commission’s proposed European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) was evident at last week’s SusChem annual stakeholder event in Amsterdam. SusChem, the Cefic/EuropaBio European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, is looking to support four key EIPs – Smart Cities, resource efficiency in the process industries, water efficient Europe and […]

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Innovation at Dow Corning

As the ICIS Innovation Awards 2011 builds towards the entry deadline of 4 July, it’s good to see our key sponsor Dow Corning getting coverage for its innovation strategy – this time in McKinsey’s quarterly bulletin. The US consultancy has interviewed chairman Stephanie Burns and chief technology officer Gregg Zank – a regular judge on the ICIS […]

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Quick source of innovation ideas

Keeping up with my fellow bloggers on innovation, I came across this useful list of articles that had generated plenty of traffic on innovation strategy in April. It’s on the Blogging Innovation site, which I have referred to previously and find has good articles on general innovation if not always chemical. Also featuring here this […]

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DSM, Roquette scale up bio-route to succinic acid

Innovation in the bio-based material sector continues to make ground. Amongst latest news is the decision by Netherlands-based major DSM to proceed with a 10,000 tonne/year commercial-scale facility for bio-succinic acid in collaboration with France’s Roquette Freres. The plant, using yeast fermentation of crop-based materials, will be built on Roquette’s site in Cassano Spinola in […]

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Tree bark may be used in polyurethanes

News has just come my way that Huntsman Polyurethanes is to join the Bark Biorefinery Consortium Project, a four-year Canadian joint venture between academia and industry that is exploring how best to extract value from tree bark, a forest residue left over by the lumber industry. The collaborative research program has a total budget of Can$5.25m and is […]

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