Archive | January, 2012

Showa Denko picks Myriant for succinic

This news came out last week but I was waiting to tie this with my bio-succinic acid article that was just published today on ICIS Chemical Business. According to Myriant’s press release, the company has been chosen by Japanese chemical firm Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) to be its global supplier of bio-succinic acid. SDK will […]

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Bioplastic news roundup

As I’ve said before this post, too much news clogging my draft box and it’s just the first month of the year. By the way, I will start working on a bioplastic article for ICIS Chemical Business’ green chemicals issue. I just wondered what particular topic readers would like to read about bioplastics. Let me […]

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Biofuel news roundup

Too much news piling my draft box…. US Biodiesel breaks 1bn gal markThe US biodiesel industry reached a key milestone by producing more than 1bn gallons of fuel in 2011, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Last year, 1.1bn gallons were produced exceeding the 800m gallon-target required under the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard. Previous […]

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Semi-Monthly News Roundup

The blog will still try to do a weekly news roundup but for now here are some of the news that came out the past two weeks: Genomatica licenses PROESAGenomatica has obtained exclusive worldwide rights to the PROESA process from Beta Renewables for butanediol (BDO) production from biomass through any fermentation-based process. The companies plan […]

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Renewables funding going strong

It looks like a good start for 2012 with several companies closing some good funding this month. New Zealand-based LanzaTech announced this week that it has bagged a total of US $55.8m in its series C round of financing led by the Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund. New investors include PETRONAS Technology Ventures Sdn Bhd […]

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In Memoriam: Arthur R. Kavaler

Last week, the staff of ICIS Chemical Business received news of the death of Arthur R. Kavaler, former editor-in-chief and publisher of Chemical Market Reporter (1972-1990). ICB’s current editor-in-chief Joseph Chang has written this tribute (below), which will be published next week. I did not have the privilege of working under Mr. Kavaler when I […]

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Bio-polyamide developments on the rise

The nylon market will soon see more biobased polyamides developments with this recent partnership announcement between France-based Rhodia and the Netherlands-based Avantium. Rhodia, like its polyamide competitor France-based Arkema, has been developing biopolyamides for as long as the blog can remember. Rhodia is also now a newly acquired business of Belgium-based Solvay and if readers […]

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DSM partners with POET on ethanol

Is it just the blog’s imagination or are there seem to be more and more chemical companies venturing into advanced ethanol production, the recent one being DSM? Let’s see our list here: DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol – No need to introduce DuPont in this case. The company’s cellulosic ethanol business is planning to build a 27.5m […]

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Bio-butanol merger

It does seems like more and more M&A’s and buyouts are emerging in the renewable chemicals sector. Eastman bought bio-butanol developer TetraVitae Bioscience, Amyris bought Draths, PTT Global Chemical bought 50% of NatureWorks, and now bio-butanol developers Green Biologics (based in the UK) and butylfuel (based in the US) decided to merge their companies which […]

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Genomatica, Novamont 1st BDO plant

The JV will convert the amino acid plant to bio-BDO production So many news coming out today! We’ll start with this plant announcement from US bio-butanediol (BDO) developer Genomatica and Italian bioplastic company Novamont (although this news has already leaked out a couple of days ago).  The companies announced last year its joint venture plans […]

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