Weekly News Roundup

A very exhausting but productive weekend for the green blogger covering Lanxess’ first World Rubber Day celebrating the centennial anniversary of synthetic rubber. There was talks about issues on rubber recycling and possible development of biobased synthetic rubber but for Lanxess, that is not yet in their portfolio, according to CEO Axel Heitmann.

Lanxess, however, noted that the use of synthetic rubber in materials use in renewable energy markets such as wind turbine, photovoltaic cells and fuel cell are increasing with growth seen between 5% and 10%/year. Reducing fuel consumption by improving rolling resistance of tires is also synthetic rubber’s recent developments when it comes to contributing to sustainable mobility, the company said.

More about Lanxess in my incoming article for ICIS Chemical Business. For now here are this week’s news roundup:

Activated carbon for Hg clean-up

MeadWestvaco Specialty Chemicals has formed a strategic alliance with Albemarle to supply the company activated carbon for its portfolio of total mercury removal solutions to the power industry. The alliance launches MeadWestvaco as a commercial supplier to this emerging market.



Hybrid resin patent


Cereplast has been granted patent protection for its Hybrid Resins® from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The resin’s composition formulation is designed primarily for durable plastic application, which was initially developed by two researchers at the University of Arkansas.



Daewoo buys wind business


Composite Technology Corporation’s subsidiary DeWind Inc. has sold all of its operating assets and liabilities, including its subsidiaries and certain assets of DeWind Ltd., to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) of Korea. CTC and its subsidiaries are no longer in the business of developing or manufacturing wind turbines and most of the DeWind employees transferred to DSME.

Green sulfuric acid plant

China Energy Recovery is constructing a sulfuric acid plant with built-in waste heat recovery systemfor Chinese chemical company Tianjin Qinfa Chemical, a subsidiary ofTianjin Bohai Chemical Group. The new plant will be designed to produce200,000 tons of sulfuric acid annually and generate 29 tons of steamper hour from waste heat energy captured during production.



Chinese poplar for biofuel


Genetic R&D FuturaGene PLC has joined the Chinese Academy of Forestry to develop new enhanced poplar with improve yield, drought and salt tolerance for the biofuel and biomass markets in China.



And in ICIS news (requires subscription):


California Assembly rejects proposed BPA ban. The bill was moved to the inactive file, but it could be considered again in 2010.

Dow Chemical’s new Dow Construction Chemicals business unit will focus on providing sustainable building materials to the construction industry.

German rubber producer Lanxess has no plans to develop biodegradable synthetic rubber because of durability issues.





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