Archive | March, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

I am here today in Munich, Germany, preparing to cover Wacker Chemie‘s annual international press conference in the next few days. In the pipeline for possible tweeting and blog (if I can get a wifi connection) includes Wacker’s solar business, sustainability strategies, biotechnology and green chemistry. The green blogger will be a little bit busier […]

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New bioplastic recycling company

I decided to separate this news from my previous post on NatureWorks’ lactic acid announcement. This one is pretty interesting given the fact that bioplastic recycling — needing to separate disposed bioplastics from traditional plastics — especially here in the US is still an issue. This new company called BioCor LLC based in Concord, California, […]

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NatureWorks markets lactides

I’m being bombarded by bioplastic news this week! Here’s one from NatureWorks, which announced last Monday its plans to enter the lactic acid intermediates market. The company says it now offers for sale a range of polymer-grade lactides to support the rapidly growing global demand for these products in bio-based plastics and fibers. These products […]

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Metabolix CEO interview

I’ve got some great stuff covering the Jefferies Global Clean Technology Conference yesterday and I hope my lovely readers followed my @ICISgreenblog tweets from there. I was also able to talk to the CEO and president of Massachusetts-based bioscience company Metabolix and got some nice updates of the company’s activities not only about their joint […]

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Dictionary of cleaning ingredients

Consumers are now demanding transparency on product ingredients that they use and the trade group Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) are working on compiling information on these ingredients in a so called “Consumer Product Ingredient Dictionary.” CSPA, which deals with the markets for air care (such as air freshners and air sprays), floor care, automotive […]

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Weekly news roundup

Several chemical, green chemistry and renewable energy companies will be presenting today and Wednesday at Jefferies 9th annual Clean Technologies conference here in New York. My colleague Ivan Lerner will cover both days while I will cover the March 17th session. Watch out for our coverage (me via twitter @ICISgreenblog) for presentations coming from companies […]

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Metabolix starts bioplastic plant (Q&A)

I’m trying to tie up my bisphenol-A article today for ICIS Chemical Business‘ March 29 issue and hopefully will have more time to blog. Before my bioplastic article will come out on March 22, here’s an update from Metabolix about their bioplastic joint venture business, Telles, with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). The company announced it […]

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Algae in soaps

Here is another reason why the momentum for algae development is stronger than ever. As mentioned on my post “Algae coming soon in resins,” consultant Neil Burns of US-based Neil A. Burns LLC remarked about algae developer such as Solazyme filing patents on algae-based specialty chemical products. As a cited example was a patent filed […]

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Lanxess uses sugar cane power

Germany-based rubber company Lanxess started its new onsite bagasse-powered cogeneration plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The 4.5 megawatt (MW) renewable-based power plant produces electricity and steam for use in Lanxess’ iron oxide pigment production at the site. The project started in 2008 and cost around EUR 8 million ($10.9m). Lanxess says the new cogeneration plant […]

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Plastic recycling up in 2008

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reported last week that US recycling of non-bottle rigid plastics such as high density polyethylene (HDPE) tubs, polypropylene (PP) cups and other food containers, and durable items such as crates, carts, buckets and electronic casings, was up 11% to 0ver 361 million pounds in 2008 compared in 2007. ACC said […]

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