Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is in Montreux, Switzerland, this week covering the World Detergents Conference, which is held every four years. In honor of the occasion, feel free (and it’s free!) to read my green surfactants article published this week at ICIS Chemical Business.

The detergent conference will see keynote presentations from CEOs of major detergent producers Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Henkel. If there’s wifi available, I will tweet bits and pieces of information via @ICISChemicalbiz. Stay tune! For now, here are this week’s news roundup:

Braskem starts green PE plant

Braskem inaugurated its 200,000 tonnes/year sugar-based polyethylene plant in Triunfo Petrochemical Complex. The company’s green PE customers include Tetra Pak, Toyota Tsusho, Shiseido, Natura, Acinplas, Johnson&Johnson, Procter&Gamble and Petropack.

Gas supply for Malaysia PV

Air Products signed a contract with a leading global photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer in Malaysia for the company’s SunSource™ Solutions gases, equipment and services. The turnkey gas supply contract includes bulk and specialty gases, specialty chemicals, and related gas distribution equipment to support the customer’s new crystalline PV facility in Melaka, Malaysia.

BASF in Algae

BASF SE and Solix Biofuels have signed an agreement to investigate the use of algae to produce certain chemicals for BASF. Solix is a leading developer of algae cultivation technology systems and will test multiple algae species in its proprietary growth system, AGS™, for BASF.

Surfactant for BiOH polyols

Momentive Performance Materials has collaborated with Cargill on the use of its Niax* silicone L-670 surfactant, which allows for the increased use of natural oil-based polyols (NOPs) in foam production by up to 30%.

Ethanol acquisition

Green Plains Renewable Energy will acquire Global Ethanol LLC in a $169.2 million deal. Green Plains will acquire Global’s two ethanol plants, in Lakota, Iowa, and Riga, Mich., which will boost its annual ethanol-producing capacity by 31 percent to about 657 million gallons.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Procter & Gamble (P&G) plans to eliminate the remaining polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from its product packaging in the next few years. P&G also aims to replace 25% of its petrochemical-based feedstock with renewable-based chemicals by 2020.

US chemical sector and other manufacturing leaders said they will try again later this year to convince Congress to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing greenhouse gas restrictions that they fear will bring US industrial development to a halt.

ExxonMobil will spend more than $150m (€111m) to dispose of hazardous waste at its former site in Pasadena, Texas, as part of a settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


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