Archive | July, 2011

Codexis, Chemtex on detergent alcohols deal

This week is definitely a killer when it comes to press announcements and it is not even Friday yet! Codexis just announced an hour ago their detergent alcohols collaboration deal with technology and engineering firm Chemtex, a company owned by Italy’s Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi (the same company that has a bio-butanediol collaboration with Genomatica). […]

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Busy Amyris this week

Last post for the day, I hope, as I have to write an article about Mitsubishi Chemical’s bio-chemicals strategies for ICIS Chemical Business’ August 15 issue. This one is all about Amyris’ various activities this week. I must say I’m really impressed with their media relations department (and press agency) as the company churned out […]

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Gevo to build hydrocarbon demo plant

Gevo is at full speed ahead for the development and commercialization of downstream products coming from its bio-isobutanol. The company announced on Tuesday its agreement with Texas-based Arabian American Development Co. to build a hydrocarbon demonstration plant in Silsbee, Texas owned by its specialty petrochemicals subsidiary South Hampton Resources (SHR) Inc. According to SHR’s website, […]

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Croda installs solar panels in NJ

I like this photo of Croda Inc.’s new 305 kilowatt solar panel system installed at its Edison, New Jersey, US facility.  The system is anticipated to provide more than 50% of the power required for the facility, which is equivalent to powering 42 average sized homes or saving over 27,500 gal/year of gasoline, according to […]

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Metabolix in green C4 partnership

Metabolix announced yesterday that it will form a joint development deal for its polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)-based C4 chemicals — initially butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF), gamma butyrolactone (GBL) and polyester engineering resins (PBT) — with Korea-based industrial biotechnology company CJ CheilJedang. The blog posted in March about Metabolix’s development in this area where the company said it […]

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Cathay Industrial Biotech files for IPO

As mentioned in the blog yesterday, Shanghai, China-based bio-butanol producer Cathay Industrial Biotech filed an S-1 form last week with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hoping to raise up to $200m in an initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ stock exchange. I can’t explain the company’s corporate structure but maybe this diagram […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Another renewable-based chemical company, this time based in China, entered the IPO scene. Bio-butanol producer Cathay Industrial Biotech filed an initial public offering with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 19 aiming to raise up to $200m. The company plans to list on the NASDAQ under the symbol CBIO. We will post […]

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Dow, Mitsui JV in sugar polymers

The Dow Chemical-Mitsui biopolymers joint venture has created a lot of buzz in the chemical, renewables and business communities given that: a) this is Dow’s biggest investment in Brazil (even though the company did not disclose any financial info),   b) this is Dow’s biggest and largest investment in renewables,   c) this follows the […]

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Plastic-to-energy tech gains ground

I wrote an article (subscription only) for ICIS Chemical Business (published on June 6) about the increasing development of recycled plastics being used as energy source or alternative chemical feedstock. Companies included in the article are Dow Chemical, Agilyx, JBI Global, and comments from the American Chemistry Council’s Steve Russell, VP of the ACC plastics […]

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Introducing Global Bioenergies

I am still waiting for Dow Chemical officials to answer my questions regarding their announcement today about their joint venture with Mitsui on sugarcane-based plastics in Brazil. In the meantime, let’s talk about France-based Global Bioenergies, which also announced today their collaboration with Poland-based rubber manufacturer Synthos on the development and commercialization of bio-based butadiene […]

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