The blog will be on hiatus for 1.5 weeks as the green blogger attends the Helsinki Chemicals Forum this week as well as prepares for her final exam on May 24.
There have been a couple of big news the past week such as DSM's announcement of the construction of their commercial bio-succinic acid plant with Roquette; Verdezyne hooking up with BP and DSM on their recent financing round; Singapore-based oleochemical company Wilmar building a natural fatty alcohol plant in Europe in partnership with chemical company Huntsman; Metabolix receiving $6m grant from the DOE for a project aimed at increasing fuel and chemical yields from bio-based products made from switchgrass; another announcement (currently embargoed) coming in this Tuesday; and more announcements below.
I will try to expand on some of them in another post when the blog comes back as well as start writing some overview from the very successful ICIS 1st surfactant conference.
Dow and PolyOne in PLA additives
Dow Chemical's Plastics Additives business teamed up with PolyOne to introduce OnCap BIO L masterbatches based on Dow's PARALOID BMP-520, a new generation of impact modifier that helps improve impact resistance of opaque, injection-molded polylactic acid (PLA) products with minimal effect on heat distortion temperature and stiffness.
US producer Eastman Chemicals has doubled its capacity for its Tritan copolyester, producing 60,000 tonnes/year for 2012.
Brazil-based FCC introduced a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) that is based on feedstock from plants.
New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL) and Wilmar International have agreed to supply Continental Europe with fully segregated sustainable palm oil from NBPOL's plantations in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands by the middle of next year.