Archive | May, 2010

Ubiquitous bioplastic part 2

Sorry about the sparse posts folks, I’m working on two articles this week: One about the very important greenhouse gas regulation for stationary sources by the EPA; and the other is about bio-based products being incorporated in automobiles (got a response from Ford– woohoo!) Before I get mired in GHG politics again (watch out for […]

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Big oleochemical updates

Big merger and acquisition news in the land of fats and oils-based chemicals (or what the industry calls oleochemicals). Last week, there was rumor floating around that BASF is looking to buy specialty chemicals company Cognis, which already shed its commodity oleochemicals business (now called Emery Oleochemicals) to both Malaysian Sime Darby and Thailand-based PTT […]

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April green chemicals

Another late post for this month’s new green chemicals. I’ll try to do better next month but no guarantees! 1. Dow biobased plasticizers – Dow Chemical launched DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers, a new family of phthalate-free plasticizers for use in wire insulation and jacketing that are made from nearly 100% renewable feedstocks. 2. Safety-Kleen recycled […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Next week, I’ll be covering the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) 101st annual meeting and expo in Phoenix, Arizona (I’ll make sure to bring my passport just in case…). Follow my tweets at @ICISchemicalbiz and I’ll also be filing for ICIS News (for those who have subscription). So, what to expect from there? A lot […]

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Ubiquitous bioplastic

I’ve been noticing several bioplastic products cropping up such as a restaurant plastic bag called “BioBag” made from Novamont’s Mater-Bi, and today during my lunch, I was sipping my “extreme berry” smoothie at this burger joint in Midtown NYC when lo and behold, my smoothie cup has this logo that says “GreenWare” with the website […]

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GlycosBio expands in Malaysia

Houston-based Glycos Biotechnologies announced today that it is building a biochemical plant as well as a biotech R&D facility in Malaysia under a collaboration with the country’s biotech hub Bio-XCell Sdn. Bhd., a government-supported industrial ecosystem focused on the advancement of biotechnology in Malaysia. Recalling from a previous post on GlycosBio, the company licensed in […]

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DuPont Tate & Lyle expands bio-PDO

There are so many green news today that include Codexis, GlycosBio, Elevance and DuPont. We’ll first focus on DuPont as it has been awhile since the blog last heard of any biotech-based chemical news from them. DuPont’s joint venture, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, LLC, announced today that it is expanding production of bio-based […]

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PolyOne’s new green resins

Plastic company PolyOne has been very busy last month launching new sustainable plastic products at the plastic trade fair ChinaPlas 2010 held last April 19-22. By the way, I have several bio-plastic updates lined up especially covering general overview of the market from several consulting firms. Now if only I have my doppelganger to work […]

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Chemicals profit in solar

DuPont, Dow Corning, BASF, Wacker Chemie, Solutia (and other chemical companies) have been announcing left and right about recent developments and projects within the solar market — especially solar encapsulants. According to DuPont, encapsulants are among the most important materials to solar module manufacturers for high-volume module sealing and integration. DuPont has collaborated with Oerlikon […]

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Weekly News Roundup

I’m officially stressed out from school and work, and thinking of a nice, sandy white beach to recuperate. My apologies if the blog suddenly blanks out…it’s the web virus’ fault. Don’t worry it’s not contagious! But before all that will happen, here are this week’s news roundup: Arkema’s bio-polyamides JV Arkema and Toyobo have formed […]

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