Weekly News Roundup

My draft box is piling up with pending posts from the Infocast Biobased Chemicals Summit (I had an interesting conversation with Bioformix CEO Adam Malofsky which I’ll put out soon) as well as from my attendance of the annual Jefferies Clean Technologies meeting last week where several renewable and big chemical companies update investors of their green strategies for the year.

Tomorrow, I’ll be co-moderating the CM&E Green Chemistry Panel and it will be interesting to get views from Martek Biosciences, Novomer and Houlihan Lokey. For now, let’s start with the very much delayed Weekly News Roundup:

Nippon Air uses DuPont’s bio-PDO deicer

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has placed a significant order of DFSustain deicer made with DuPont’s Susterra bio-propanediol (PDO). DFsustain has the potential to use up to 40% less energy in manufacturing than more traditional fluids. In performance tests, the fluid was effective at temperatures as low as -40ºC, the company said.

Amyris partners with Givaudan

Amyris has partnered with Givaudan, which will develop a derivative of BiofeneTM (farnasene) to be used as a building block for one Givaudan’s most important proprietary fragrance ingredients. Givaudan intends to market and distribute the final product as early as 2012.

Eastman expands non-phthalate output

Eastman Chemical has completed debottlenecking of its manufacturing capacity for Eastman 168™ non-phthalate plasticizer at its Kingsport, Tenn., USA, facility. The approximate 10% increase in capacity came on stream at the end of 2010. Demand is said to be rising for the plasticizer in toys, childcare articles, medical devices and a wide range of other consumer applications worldwide.

IOI-Loders’ sustainable palm oil in the US

IOI-Loders Croklaan shipped its first bulk vessel shipment of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sustainable palm oil to North America. The palm oil will be kept fully segregated during transport to the IOI-Loders Croklaan refinery and will be offered to customers beginning April.

GlycosBio’s BioNexus status

Glycos Biotechnologies (GlycosBio) has been granted the BioNexus Status, a recognition awarded by the Malaysian Government, through BiotechCorp, to qualified companies that participate in and undertake value-added biotechnology activities. To date, 187 companies have been granted the BioNexus status and ten of these companies have United States shareholding.

And on ICIS News (requires subscription):

Changes in lubricant refining technology have led to a decline in the supply of petroleum wax, and have opened the door for alternative wax formulations to grab market share, a study released by the Kline research group said.

Shell Global Solutions International and China’s Wison Engineering have signed an agreement to jointly develop a hybrid gasification technology demonstration plant.

US government actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the long term would only have a modest credit impact on most segments of the chemicals industry, global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) said.

The EU is to ban six chemical substances (musk xylene,and phthlates MDA, HBCDD, DEHP, BBP, DBP) that are classifed as being of very high concern within the next three to five years unless it grants authorization for their use, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said.

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