Archive | February, 2012

Purac starts Thai lactide plant

The Netherlands-based Purac sent to the blog this press release today stating the successful start-up of its new 75,000 tonnes/year lactide plant in Thailand, which started construction in March 2010.   According to the company several batches of PURALACT lactides have already been produced and actual deliveries to customers are scheduled to start early 2012. […]

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Big green chemical news

So many news came out today and I haven’t had a sip of my already-lukewarm coffee yet!    First stop, Elevance and France-based specialty chemical company Arkema announced that the companies partnered to develop and produce renewable-based specialty plastics. Elevance will supply the raw material such as its 9-decenoic methyl ester from their biorefineries (one […]

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Roquette starts bioplastic plant

Here’s a short post as I give myself a break from studying for Wednesday’s exam. France-based Roquette announced last week that it started its 25,000 tonnes/year starch-based thermoplastics production facility at its Lestrem site.   The resins, which is being marketed under the trade name Gaialene, are produced by grafting polyolefins onto modified starches. According to Roquette’s […]

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LS9 prepares fatty alcohol sales

It was a fantastic 2-day marathon attending the Jefferies Global Clean Technology conference. I was able to file 5 news articles on ICIS (subscription-based): Bio-latex rises as alternative to styrene butadiene materials Codexis interim CEO allays investor fears on management changes US Metabolix eyes smaller 10,000 tonne/year bioplastic production Dutch Avantium plans to start selling […]

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Boosting economy with biobased products

US producers of bio-based products will be happy to know that President Obama signed a presidential memo yesterday that requires the federal government via the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred Program to track and increase its purchases of products made from plants and other renewable agricultural materials. The memorandum directs federal agencies to take […]

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Bioplastic Seminar tweets

Compilation of my tweets and photos taken during my coverage of Jim Lunt’s bioplastic seminar this week. [View the story "#ITR12 Bioplastic seminar" on Storify]

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Weekly News Roundup

I had a great time attending Jim Lunt’s bioplastic seminar yesterday in Orlando, Florida, and hopefully can share some of the presenters’ insights in the next several days. In the meantime, two articles (out of three that I filed) came out on ICIS News last night and for those who are subscribers, you can access […]

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Amyris cuts production target

I actually saw tweets last week about Amyris’ announcement to scale back its 2012 farnesene “Biofene” production but I wasn’t sure if I should wait further for the company’s fourth quarter earnings results, which will be out on February 27, before posting this. However, given that I will cover NatureWorks’ bioplastic conference “Innovation Takes Roots” […]

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NatureWorks, BioAmber form JV

Sorry about the delay in the posting of the story. The blogger had to move to another cubicle…again…I think we have been moving from floor to floor (or cubicle to cubicle) every year at work. So I have been packing and unpacking the whole day. Anyway, here is the story I submitted to ICIS News […]

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Unsustainable word?

I just filed my story about the AmberWorks JV on ICIS News, and will soon post it on the blog as well. In the meantime, let me share this hilarious graph send to me by the blog’s good friend from the American Oil Chemists Society (I am not sure if it is wise to mention the name). This […]

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