Weekly News Roundup

In less than two weeks, we’ll be covering Infocast’s Biobased Chemicals Summit. The blog is hoping to meet new people and add new companies on my list.

I’m hoping to post some of my coverage on last week’s American Cleaning Institute annual meeting on the blog soon. For now here are this week’s news roundup:

Arkema establishes polymers for PV research

Arkema and CEA teams from INES (Institut National de l’Energie Solaire) have joined forces to create in France the first private/public mixed research laboratory dedicated to the development of polymer materials for the various photovoltaic module technologies. This cooperation venture will be in place for an initial 4-year period.

Metabolix Oilseeds gets funding

Metabolix Oilseeds, Inc., has been awarded $203,000 in research funding by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture through its Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). The company will use the funding to accelerate its ongoing research and development of oilseed crops, specifically Camelina sativa, as a potential source for bioplastics and other petroleum substitutes.

Cereplast enters Italy/Slovenia

Cereplast has entered into a distribution agreement with Italy-based ColorTec S.r.l. to supply bioplastic resin to the Southern Italian and Slovenian markets. Cereplast will provide ColorTec with its patented Compostable 3000 film grade for use in its masterbatch process for the production of shopping and garbage bags.

Dow in nature collaboration

Dow Chemical is collaborating with The Nature Conservancy group to

help Dow and other companies recognize, value and incorporate nature into global business goals,decisions and strategies. Dow and its foundation are committing $10 million to this collaboration over the next five years.

Biobent Polymers launches bio-composite

Biobent Polymers™, a new division of global plastics manufacturer Univenture, launched its Panacea™ family of bioplastics developed by Battelle Memorial Institute with funding from the Ohio Soybean Council, and licensed exclusively to Univenture. The new bio-composite maintains the characteristics of the base plastic material while replacing up to 40% of the petroleum normally used in plastics manufacturing.

P&G expands renewable energy use

Procter & Gamble started using wind turbine for energy source at P&G’s pet care plant in Coevorden, Netherlands and has installed solar panels at its Beauty & Grooming plant in Cologne, Germany. The Coevorden turbine which will supply 17% of the plant’s annual energy consumption is P&G’s first investment in wind energy.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

Finnish biochemicals producer Chempolis signed an agreement with paper maker Henan Yinge Industrial Investment to jointly build a 160,000 tonne/year biorefinery in China’s Henan province.

Plastics converters complain to EU over Italy bag ban.

VIDEO: American Chemistry Council (ACC) calls for a better regulatory environment

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