Archive | November, 2010

Bioplastics information overload

I’m throwing every information that I’ve got over the past weeks (and even months) about bioplastic here as they are already clogging my already overloaded drafts box. The first one is from Melbourne-based Cardia Bioplastics who announced late last month that it is now seeking international commercial partner for its carbon dioxide-based biodegradable plastic carrier […]

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Green chemicals from October

There have been so many new green product introductions for October and November because of various industry tradeshows and conferences where companies prefer to announce new product launch. I already kick-started some of the new bioplastic introductions from the K Show but there were others that I did not get in time so they’re now […]

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Vertichem in the green chem scene

Sorry for the sparse posts folks, I have been very busy with my day job at ICIS Chemical Business plus attending several conferences including last week’s Investor Day by Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan. I was able to interview Dow’s VP of Sustainability Neil Hawkins and will post that interview soon. I’ll also share some […]

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Amyris hooks up with Tate & Lyle

Like other major food ingredients companies such as Cargill, ADM and Roquette, British firm Tate & Lyle is also very proactive in bio-based chemicals segment especially through its joint venture DuPont Tate & Lyle Bioproducts. Last week, Tate & Lyle announced that it will start contract producing corn-based farnesene for California renewable chemicals company Amyris. […]

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Weekly News Roundup

It’s a week of biofuel news and two of them focusing on Brazil. Speaking of Brazil, ICIS Chemical Business has its Latin America feature last week and my colleague William Lemos wrote about the sweet success happening in the sugarcane-based biofuel and chemical developments in the region. Also this week, we’ll have our monthly new […]

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Glycerine-based chems investment in Malaysia

Two companies announced this week their plans to set up green chem facilities in Malaysia using crude glycerine as feedstock. France-based renewable chems developer METabolic Explorer said on Tuesday that it will construct a 50,000 tonne/year bio-1,3 propanediol (PDO) plant in Iskandar, Malaysia using crude glycerine as feedstock. This investment is in partnership with the […]

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Bioplastic news at K Show

The bioplastic industry strengthened its presence at last week’s international plastic and rubber trade show “K” held every four years in Germany. There had been several announcements from major plastic producers at the show and one of them the blog already reported about Braskem’s plans to build a sugarcane-based polypropylene. Here is a video from […]

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Braskem to build Bio-PP plant

Flushed from its startup success with its new 200,000 tonne/year green polyethylene (PE) plant in Brazil, Braskem announced last week that it will now build a sugarcane ethanol-based polypropylene plant after concluding the conceptual phase of the project. Work on the basic engineering studies for the plant is expected to conclude next year and operational […]

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