Archive | October, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

Several bioplastic development announced last week at the Olympics of Plastic and Rubber industry tradeshow  “K” held in Dusseldorf, Germany. A separate post will come out for that. For now, here are this week’s news roundup: Mirel bioplastic in food application Telles, the joint venture company of Metabolix and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has launched […]

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Lithium projects galore

I’ve been seeing a lot of investments this year on lithium-related production capacity coming from the chemical industry especially here in the US. Today, BASF broke ground on a $50+ million facility in Elyria, Ohio, to produce Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese (NCM) cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries that can power hybrid and full-electric vehicles. The investment has the […]

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Elevance partners with Stepan

I received this news yesterday about Elevance teaming up with surfactant producer Stepan on the development and marketing of surfactants, antimicrobials and polyurethane polyols using Elevance’s proprietary feedstock 9-decenoic esters and C18 dibasic ester. I wrote an article for ICIS News but I couldn’t find it so since we adhere to the blog’s motto of […]

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Weekly News Roundup

This week, ICIS Chemical Business features its rubber and plastics issue and the green blog’s contribution of course is about bioplastics. There are several inquiries about the article so I might have to follow that up with a blog post (hopefully). I am also working on consumer packaging, which of course, seems to also center […]

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Presenting: Siluria

The green blog still has Anellotech (tech – Biomass to aromatics) and Arzeda (tech -biocatalysts) to cover based on their presentations from the Biobased Chemicals East conference, but let’s start with this very intriguing company Siluria – their technology is based on a breakthrough catalyst that can convert natural gas specifically methane to ethylene. I […]

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First global Bio-PET supply chain

My colleague Clay Boswell has been sending me news from Toyota Tsusho for the past several days now about the company planning to setup an integrated bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) supply chain using bioethanol as feedstock source. First of all, I recalled Toyota Tsusho as one of Braskem’s bio-PE marketing partners focused specifically for the […]

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Genomatica in bio-adipic acid

We’ve all heard about Verdezyne and Rennovia talking about the possibilities of creating 100% biological-based nylon with renewable-based adipic acid, and I wonder if this latest news from Genomatica will also place the company in the bio-adipic acid race. The blog will talk to Genomatica about this soon but in the meantime, the company released […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Late again…the story of my blogging life. But at least last week was packed with news! Marine bacterium for biochemicals Zymetis, a privately-held Maryland-based bioscience discovery company has initiated a development partnership with Genencor to explore novel methods for producing biochemicals directly from biomass feedstocks through use of the unique marine microorganism under development by […]

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DSM’s bio-succinic plant coming soon

DSM, in an interview with colleague Will Beacham, said that it will decide within 3-6 months if it will invest in a commercial scale biosuccinic acid plant. If that will be the case, the plant would most likely be located in the US, Brazil or China – places with advanced agricultural capabilities and good existing […]

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Interview: Sustainability at Eastman

My apologies for posting this interview so late…I really have to cut back on interviews lately because of my weekly column (not to mention several features stories) at ICIS Chemical Business. Eastman launched its first sustainability review in June this year and the company is actually aiming for 2/3 of its revenue (at a minimum) […]

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