Archive | November, 2011

3Q Renewable Chems Earnings news

I don’t usually follow much of the earnings season (except for titanium dioxide, chlor-alkali and soda ash that I have to cover for ICIS Chemical Business…) but I’ll make an exception on this quarter for some of our renewable chems companies such as Codexis, Amyris, Gevo, Solazyme, and Metabolix. I hope I did not miss […]

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Mitsubishi develops bio-MMA

Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) and its subsidiary Lucite International announced today that they have developed bio-based methyl methacrylate (MMA), a chemical used in coatings, transparent plastics and adhesives.   Most of MMA is polymerized into polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), a transparent thermoplastic sometimes called acrylic glass which is an economical alternative to polycarbonate. Lucite by the way, […]

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LS9 expands production

I have 15 minutes before I leave for school so let me squeeze in this news from LS9 that came in yesterday about their successful scale-up production from 1,000 liters to 20,000 liters-scale in the company’s pilot facility in California.LS9 said it has utilized a 20-fold step-up process to produce approximately one ton of a […]

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BioAmber Mitsui JV to build succinic, BDO plants

The race for bio-BDO commercialization is on as BioAmber and Mitsui announced their collaboration to build both bio-succinic acid and bio-1,4 butanediol (BDO) plants – one in Sarnia, Canada, and the other in Rayong, Thailand. A third one is being planned either in North America or Brazil (I’m betting on Brazil…). BioAmber and Mitsui have […]

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Amyris partners with Method

So, the blog was finally able to listen to the Amyris earnings webcast on November 1 and heard the confirmation that the company did buy Draths’ assets although no amount was disclosed. Draths, according to Amyris, has been working with E.coli on bio-monomers production but Amyris intends to switch over to using yeast. Draths’ technologies […]

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Eastman enters biobutanol

Interesting times in the bio-butanol industry. First we recently seen an announcement from Cobalt Technologies partnering with Rhodia for biobased n-butanol production in Latin America (just had an interview with Cobalt CEO Rick Wilson and will write an article on this soon), and then yesterday, Eastman announced that it has acquired the assets of TetraVitae […]

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