Weekly News Roundup

I hope everybody had a great holiday off and wishing all a successful 2011 ahead!

As expected, news were thin for the last week of the year. The green blogger managed to scrap some interesting news and currently trying to rack her brains for some brilliant 2011 industry insights all the while trying to meet deadline for two articles. It’s juggling time!

Thai bioplastic venture

Bangkok Post reported Thailand’s Science and Technology Ministry plans to form a one-billion-baht ($32.2m) joint venture with PTT Chemical Plc (PTTCH), Siam Cement Group (SCG) and Mitr Phol Group to build the country’s first polylactic acid pilot plant to supply materials to make biodegradable plastic. The PLA plant is expected to have annual production of 10,000 tonnes.

Biodegradable plastic use ramps up

Casey Container plans to increase production capacity of its biodegradable plastic preforms and bottling products, which uses the biodegradable plastic additive EcoPure supplied by Bio-Tec Environmental. Casey Container received purchase orders from three bottled water companies, one international and two domestic, with combined orders of nearly 40m preforms over the first 12 months once production commences in early 2011.

Asian bioethanol project

Sime Darby is collaborating with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co. of Japan to construct and operate a bioethanol demonstration plant that will convert palm empty fruit bunches (EFB) into bioethanol. The demo plant will be able to process 1.25 ton/day of EFB using hydrothermal pre-treatment and enzymatic hydrolysis technology.

Sales growth for certified emulsion systems

Arkema said sales is growing faster than expected for its EnVia certified emulsion polymer products designed to help coatings formulators meet strict environmental regulations. Products that meet EnVia™ self-certification guidelines include 100% acrylic, styrene acrylic, vinyl acrylic and vinyl acetate ethylene binders, as well as the company’s new SNAP™ 720 Structured Nano-Acrylic Polymer.

Riverdale Capital to sell biodegradable PVA films

Riverdale Capital Ltd. will acquire WSPVA Bio Products International, which holds an exclusive license to develop and market PVA Film in North America utilizing a patented machine technology. Riverdale believes this PVA Film will have a unique niche in the plastic industry due to its water-soluble, non-toxic and biodegradable characteristics.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit temporarily delayed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) takeover of greenhouse gas emission permits in Texas.

German engine maker Tognum has decided to exit its fuel cells activities as the business is not likely to become commercially viable.

The uncertainty that permeated the US ethanol and biodiesel markets in late 2010 has been replaced by optimism for early 2011 following the December passage of subsidy and tax credit extensions by Congress.

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