Weekly News Roundup

Slow news during the holidays enable me to compile two weeks worth of green news roundup. Here they are in no particular order:

Ford likes Sabic resins
Ford might be too busy begging for bailout money but its R&D for fuel-efficient car is still ongoing (R&D is definitely needed for them to survive!). Sabic says its lightweight Noryl GTX resins is being incorporated in Ford’s all-new Kuga model to help meet fuel economy and emission targets.

Lithium ion joint venture
GS Yuasa and Honda Motor Co. formed a joint venture company which will manufacture, sell and conduct R&D for high-performance lithium-ion batteries focusing on hybrid vehicles. The two companies will begin establishing the new company around spring 2009.Lithium ion alliance
Another lithium ion deal is from Evonik and Daimler Li-Tec, which also established a joint venture for the development and production of lithium ion cells. In the near future, Li-Tec cells will appear in electric vehicles of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Recycled fibers for tires
Japanese chemical firm Teijin Fibers will start supplying chemically recycled ECOPET PLUS® polyester fibers for the cords of Toyo Tire & Rubber’s PROXES® Ne tires. Toyo Tire & Rubber will put its PROXES Ne tire on the market beginning on December 11

Lithium storage deal
Valence Technology, an international developer of lithium phosphate energy storage solutions, entered a multi-year supply agreement with PVI for Valence’s U-Charge® XP Energy Storage Systems. PVI develops and manufactures commercial electric vehicles including electric buses and trucks in partnership with Renault Trucks.

And in ICIS News (which requires subscription):
PVC Christmas trees worry greener buyers.

Obama’s green dream team could be a nightmare for the chemical industry?

EU agrees deal on pesticides bill.

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