Archive | November, 2011

Verdezyne starts pilot plant

It’s been awhile since the blog wrote something about Verdezyne’s development activities on bio-adipic acid. The company announced today that it has started its pilot plant operation in Carlsbad, California — Verdezyne’s first biobased adipic acid at scale.   The company said “the plant will be used to demonstrate scalability of their process, validate their […]

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Weekly News Roundup

For those who have emailed me the past few days, bear with me as I am sifting through hundreds of emails (mostly newsletters and press releases – yeah I do need to unsubscribe to some of them one of these days…) My system inbox manager is also berating me for having several mega-byte attachments – […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Before I indulge myself into the holiday (and shopping) mood, let’s get this weekly news roundup out of the way, which seems to be biofuels-centric. By the way, the blog just received an interesting news from LanzaTech and Global Bioenergies so we will take a look at it later this week — after I finished […]

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AE Biofuels enters renewable chems

California-based AE Biofuels, which just changed its name to Aemetis, has refocused its company from producing first generation biofuels to producing renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels instead. In June, AE Biofuels acquired Maryland-based industrial biotech company Zymetis, which led to the change of the company’s direction. Aemetis now owns Zymetis’ proprietary aerobic marine organisms, ( […]

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Toray’s 100% bio-PET via Gevo PX

Let me put this news in before I completely get lost on the incoming busy holiday season. Japan chemical firm Toray announced last week that it has successfully produced in laboratory scale its 100% renewable-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fiber using Gevo’s isobutanol-derived paraxylene (PX).  If readers recall the blog’s recent post on Gevo, the companies […]

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Dow Chemical on bioplastic Q&A

Here is a brief Q&A with Dow Chemical’s Jeff Wooster, global sustainability leader, regarding the company’s views on bioplastic. Some of these will be included in my bioplastic article that will be published next week Monday, November 21 on ICIS Chemical Business. As a background, Dow has partnered with Japan chemical firm Mitsui this year […]

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BioAmber files for $150m IPO

Sorry this post was late. I had to deal with the magazine deadline and a headache-inducing exam. The good news is that this news about BioAmber’s IPO filing came in just in time for my editor-in-chief to include it in his upcoming article covering the financing environment within the renewable chemicals space. This article is […]

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EcoSynthetix expands bio-latex capacity

Admittedly, the blog is not that familiar with Ontario, Canada-based EcoSynthetix. The company first came into the blog’s attention when it filed an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange on July this year and began trading on August 4 as it raised around C$100m by selling 11.15m shares at C$9 (C$1= US$1). By the way, […]

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Semi-monthly news roundup

So I have a problem keeping up with my weekly news roundup these days…might as well experiment with a semi-monthly instead. We’ll see… SABIC creates VC for renewablesPetrochemical firm Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has launched a new global corporate venture capital arm called SABIC Ventures based in the Netherlands that will seek out innovative […]

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Myriant expands in Asia

I’ve got 20 minutes before going to school so here’s a short news from Myriant that announced yesterday about plans to expand distribution of its biobased succinic acid in Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan through a partnership with Japan-based Sojitz Corporation. Sojitz said it plans to set up a commercial biobased derivativese plant that will […]

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